SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014—7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Donald J. McKinney, guest conductor | bio
This high-energy, hybrid concert features the music of two legends, Billy Joel and Elton John. Guest artists Jean Meilleur and John Regan will perform the best of what these two brilliant singer-songwriters have given the world, all accompanied by the lush sounds of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra led by guest conductor Don McKinney.
Hit songs include Say Goodbye to Hollywood, Piano Man, Only the Good Die Young, Circle of Life, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me and much more!
Run-time approx. 2 hours. There will be no pre-concert talk prior to this performance. Student tickets will be available for walk-up sales (valid ID required). Doors open at 6:30 PM.
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BIOS & VIDEOS
JEAN MEILLEUR, GUEST ARIST
‘Passionate, provocative and distinctive’ - three words that best describe Jean Meilleur’s vocal style. While performing the music of a great many artists including Elton John, The Beatles, Blood Sweat & Tears, and David Bowie, as well as his own compositions, Jean paints the lyrics and the melody with a thick, robust timbre that is immediately recognizable as his own. Despite the recent proliferation of clone acts and mimics, Jean’s voice stands as a true original.
Jean is a prolific songwriter who has been performing professionally for over 25 years. He is thrilled to be involved with Jeans 'n Classics, a London Ontario based Orchestral Rock act, that tours North American concert halls. Now in his 16th year as a Jeans 'n Classics headliner, Jean has performed with scores of major North American orchestras.
“It’s a privilege to share the stage with a symphony orchestra, Peter Brennan’s superb arrangements and a flawless band. To have the opportunity to sing some of the greatest popular music of our time, in my own voice, is a rush beyond compare.”
JOHN REGAN, GUEST ARIST
Originally spotted by Jeans 'n Classics boss Peter Brennan while performing solo in a London Ontario nightclub, John Regan has been part of the Jeans ‘n Classics Band for almost two decades.
John mixes classical training with an ear for the pop and rock music of the last six decades. Influenced early on by the piano work of Elton John, Joe Jackson, Bruce Hornsby, Roy Bittan and even Tom Waits, John played as a solo artist around southern Ontario, offering a vast repertoire of material for listeners. He mixed in some time with London’s Second City Dinner Theatre, and then caught on with Jean ‘n Classics.
Since joining Jeans ‘n Classics, he has played with orchestras across North America, including the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Cincinnati Pops and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, to name a few.
DONALD J. MCKINNEY, GUEST CONDUCTOR
DONALD J. MCKINNEY is Director of Bands and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program, and oversees the university band program. His previous faculty appointments include Louisiana State University, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. While teaching at Duquesne University, Dr. McKinney worked as the Assistant Conductor to violinist Sidney Harth and assisted him with the preparation of orchestral and opera performances. In addition to his work at the University of Colorado, McKinney has conducted at Interlochen Arts Camp since 2010 and is currently the Coordinator of Bands. During the 2013-14 season, he was the interim conductor for the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. As a guest conductor he has appeared with various honor ensembles and the Dallas Wind Symphony.
McKinney has participated in numerous conducting festivals including the South Carolina Conductors Institute, New England Conservatory, and University of North Texas. After participating in the Second Frederick Fennell Conducting Masterclass, he was named a finalist for the Thelma A. Robinson Award by the Conductors Guild. He holds degrees from Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Michigan.