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Music of Elton John to be featured

• Updated Mar 6, 2019 at 1:52 PM

MANSFIELD — The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will be joined by rock musicians Jeans ‘n Classics to perform the music of Elton John later this month.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a dynamic program celebrating the music of Elton John in a unique collaboration melding rock music with symphonic.

For almost 20 years, Jeans ‘n Classics has faithfully interpreted the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists with their own special and signature flair. They have worked with more than 100 orchestras within North America and have created more than 1,000 original rock and pop orchestrations in 45 unique and exciting productions.

The members of Jeans ‘n Classics who will be performing with the Mansfield Symphony will be vocalist Jean Meilleur, pianist John Regan, drummer Jeff Christmas and bassist Mitchell Tyler.

“It’s a privilege to share the stage with a symphony orchestra, Peter Brennan’s superb arrangements and a flawless band,” Meilleur said. “To have the opportunity to sing some of the greatest popular music of our time, in my own voice, is a rush beyond compare.”

Meilleur has been a headliner with Jeans ’n Classics for more than 20 years. In that time, he has performed with scores of major North American orchestras, lending his distinctive voice to some of the greatest popular music.

Originally from Madison Wis., he moved to Detroit at a young age. Living in the Motor City helped shape his penchant for the Motown, Soul and R&B sounds of the early 70s.

Jean is a prolific songwriter who has been performing professionally for 30-plus years. His singing voice can best be described as passionate and provocative, with a robust timbre that is immediately recognizable. His voice has been heard over the years on many national radio and television jingles and advertisements. He was recently chosen as the Canadian voice of Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Regan has been a member of Jeans ’n Classics since the early 1990s. Classically trained but conditioned by rock, pop and folk music, his repertoire is vast. Prior to joining Jeans ’n Classics, he worked with Second City in London, Ontario and did solo work across southwestern Ontario. Regan cites Joe Jackson, Tom Waits, Elton John and Roy Bittan as influences. Since becoming a Jeans ’n Classics regular performer, Regan has shared the piano with such notables as Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Lawrence Gowan (Styx), as well as his good friend Don Paulton (Lighthouse, Jeans ’n Classics). He has performed with more than 50 orchestras across North America.

Christmas is a Canadian composer, arranger, conductor, drummer and percussionist who studied at York University (Toronto) Western University (London) and Berklee College of Music (Boston). His extensive background and versatility encompasses the classical and contemporary worlds. He has conducted and performed with symphony orchestras across Canada and the United States, appearing with artists such as Denny Doherty, Michael Burgess, The Rankins, Ashley McIsaac, J.P. Cormier, Jackie Richardson, Martin Fry (“ABC”), and recently was conductor for legendary and multi-Grammy Award winning Michael Bolton.

Tyler, a conductor, arranger, bassist and educator,  is a Western University graduate who has been a member of the Jeans ‘n Classics Band since 1992. As a performer he has shared the stage with many artists, including Rik Emmett (Triumph), Alan Frew (Glass Tiger), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) and Lawrence Gowan (Styx). He has recently played the touring productions of “Chicago” (2015) and “Mamma Mia” (2012). As a conductor, Mitchell has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of orchestras across North America. Recent guest conductor appearances include the Springfield Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Duluth Superior Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. He continues to immensely enjoy his work with the newly formed Jeans ‘n Classics Rock Symphony (2012).

Tickets are on sale now for this concert at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone at (419) 522-2726, and online at MansfieldTickets.com.

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