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Concerts showcase best of contemporary Broadway with four show-stopping guest performers and DPO Chorus

DAYTON OH (October 28, 2010) – The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2010-2011 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series will continue with a fast-paced revue of the best of contemporary musical theatre titled “Broadway Rocks!” on Friday and Saturday, November 12 & 13, at 8 p.m. both nights at the Schuster Center.

Four top-notch Broadway vocalists - Rob Evan, Capathia Jenkins, Doug LeBrecque, and Anne Runolfsson – will join the DPO for inspired performances of the best in up-tempo hits from smash shows such as Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Wiz, Mamma Mia and more. Each guest artist brings an impressive list of leading-role performances in popular Broadway musicals. Together, they will light up the stage in a dynamic revue that will leave audiences breathless!

Patrick Reynolds, Assistant Conductor of the DPO, will conduct. The concerts will also feature the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, under the direction of Hank Dahlman.

Tickets for the concerts range from $22 - $76 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at


About Rob Evan
Robert Evan starred in the original Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde, playing the title roles for three years and over 600 performances. His rendition of This Is the Moment has been heard at numerous prestigious events including the 2001 Inaugural Gala for President George W. Bush, the Millennium Independence Day US Naval Revue aboard the USS JFK for President Clinton, the Millennium World Forum Conference with guest speaker Mikhail Gorbachev, the 1998 Goodwill Games, the New York City Mayor’s Inaugural Gala, the 1998 and 1999 NY Yankees World Series Celebration at City Hall, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Telecast, the Today Show, and Monday Night Football. Robert has starred around the world in the all-new Jekyll & Hyde: The Concert, having enjoyed a 16-show run in Seoul, South Korea’s Olympic Hall.

Robert also appeared in the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway, and was chosen to lead the critically acclaimed National Touring Company to its history making stop on Broadway. Recently, he played the role of Kerchak in Disney’s Tarzan at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Robert starred as the sadistic Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors with Joey Fatone from *NSYNC on Broadway. He also had the pleasure of singing the role of the Count von Krolock in Jim Steinman’s Dance of the Vampires at the Minskoff Theater. Off-Broadway, Robert created the roles of The Dancin’ Kid in Johnny Guitar and the hero Miles Hendon in The Prince and the Pauper.

As a vocalist and recording artist, Robert is a member of the platinum-selling rock band, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He has played in arenas across the country for up to 20,000 people. Currently, Mr. Evan is touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra in the first ever production of their Rock Opera, Beethoven's Last Night. Robert is playing the role of Ludwig Van Beethoven. He is also lead vocalist for Jim Steinman’s The Dream Engine and recently released the debut album for his new progressive rock band Menrva Realm.

In concert, Robert has been a featured soloist for many leading symphonies across the nation, including recent appearances in San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago, Alabama, and Indianapolis as well as recent and upcoming appearances in Bravo Broadway’s Broadway Rocks with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Cleveland, Minnesota, Utah, West Virginia, National, and Mansfield Symphonies. He previously starred in the touring production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, which originated at the Kennedy Center in 2004. He has performed throughout the US for numerous corporate audiences including Paine Webber, Pfizer, AXA, IBM, KPMG, and Seagram’s, among others. He made his cabaret debut with The Kid Inside at NY’s Arci’s Place to great reviews from the New York Times. He headlined with his big band at the Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theater in March 2002. Robert tours the US frequently with Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway. He is a recipient of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Talent Award in 1989. He was awarded the 1999 “Shining Star” award by the Leukemia Society of America and honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America for his charitable support.

Regionally, Robert appeared in historic Gettysburg, playing the role of the Southern Captain in Frank Wildhorn’s For The Glory. He originated the role of Nanki-Poo in the TUTS/Pittsburgh CLO premiere of the Hot Mikado. On tour, he has been seen in Les Miserables as Jean Valjean, Jekyll & Hyde (title roles), Hello, Dolly! with the late Madeline Kahn, and By George!. Robert has played MacHeath in Three Penny, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy in Brigadoon, the Red Shadow in Desert Song, and Anatoly in Chess. Robert produced and starred in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids NY Benefit Concert of Chess at the John Houseman Theater and at the Helen Hayes PAC.

His TV credits include All My Children on the ABC network. Recordings include Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Lost Christmas (Lava/Atlantic), Jekyll & Hyde (OBC, Atlantic), The Civil War (Atlantic), The Broadway Musicals of 1940 (BayView), The Prince and the Pauper(OOBC, JAY), Johnny Guitar (OOBC), Jekyll & Hyde: Resurrection (KOCH/Globalvision), and upcoming release of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Nightcastle (Atlantic Records).

A native of Monticello, Georgia, Rob is a former varsity athlete at the University of Georgia, where he majored in finance. His favorite roles continue to be that of husband to Beate and father to Johan, Max, and Birk.

About Capathia Jenkins
This Brooklyn-born and raised actress made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.

In 2007 she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Most recently she was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

Capathia has been working with the acclaimed composer Louis Rosen for about six years and together they have released three cds: South Side Stories (rosecap) ,One Ounce of Truth-The Nikki Giovanni Songs (PS Classics) and most recently The Ache Of Possibility (Di-Tone).They have enjoyed much concert success in New York, Chicago, DC and Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ms. Jenkins has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Her television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Legally Blonde 2.

About Doug LaBrecque
Doug LaBrecque thrilled theater audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein's 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. Regionally, Mr. LaBrecque has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, and Man of LaMancha among others. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he was featured in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner's Love Life.

An active concert performer, Mr. LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world's finest symphony orchestras, including The San Francisco Symphony, The Israel Philharmonic (Tel Aviv), The Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Symphony, among many others. In the last few years, Mr. LaBrecque's U.S appearances have included Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, , Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, and with Marvin Hamlisch both at the Ravinia Festival with The Chicago Symphony, and at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops.

International engagements have included The Korean National Symphony in Seoul, Korea, The Shanghai Radio Orchestra in China, The Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies in Canada, The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio De Janeiro, The Jerusalem Symphony, and numerous return engagements with the Israel Philharmonic. Mr. LaBrecque appeared in Alba, Italy, as the guest soloist in an all Bernstein concert. He also has appeared with The Israeli Opera Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, and with the Prague Music Festival.

He has also appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and was recently a soloist with 3 major American Pops orchestras: Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, The Cincinnati Pops and The Boston Pops. Recently Mr. LaBrecque hosted the Yuletide Celebration with the Portland and Seattle Symphonies. Other special engagements have included singing with Carole Bayer-Sager at Feinstein's in Manhattan and the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, performing alongside Broadway legend Jerry Herman with the Naples Philharmonic, and appearing onstage with Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch (singing together!) at Hickory Hill, the legendary home of Ethel Kennedy.

About Anne Runolfsson
Anne Runolfsson is one of those rare artists whose unique versatility has allowed her a distinguished career not only in the theater but also in recording studios, intimate cabaret spaces, and concert halls throughout the world. The New York Times proclaimed, “Ms. Runolfsson has a flexible virtuosity, between ethereal melodiousness and piercing big-moment resonance,” while the LA Times has called her “A savvy and thoughtful performer.”

She recently completed a two-year run on Broadway as the tempestuous diva, Carlotta Giudacelli in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history. Hal Prince referred to her performance as a “revelation.” Prior to that she made a splash in Victor/Victoria where she had the honor of standing by for Dame Julie Andrews and Liza Minelli. She performed the title role over 120 times to great acclaim and went on to recreate the role in the National Tour which began in Seattle and Houston. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include: the role of Gretta Conroy in James Joyce’s The Dead, Fantine in Les Miserable, Roxane in Cyrano-The Musical, Lili in The Secret Garden, and Aspects of Love. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Listen to My Heart (Studio 54), Rags, Jack’s Holiday, Cather County, A Little Night Music, Showboat, and Funny Girl.

She has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (with Tenor Jose Carreras), The Kennedy Center, Town Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The National Theater in Iceland, Rainbow and Stars, The Russian Tea Room, Bay Street Theater, The Pump Room, The Cinegrill, The 92nd st. Y, and with The National Symphony, The Boston Pops, The Jerusalem Symphony, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, The National Symphony of Canada, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Cincinnati Pops, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indianapolis, Toronto, Milwaukee, Utah, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Columbus, San Diego, Colorado, Minnesota, and St. Louis, among many others.

This season she will make her debut with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Atlanta Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. She was awarded the MAC award (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) for Best Female Vocalist, and was a Drama League Honoree for her work in Cyrano-The Musical. Her many recordings include the International Cast Album of Les Miserables, Listen to My Heart, Broadway Musicals of 1933, and her solo debut recording, At Sea, which was critically acclaimed nationwide and can be purchased at

Ms. Runolfsson is the proud mother of 9 year old Tess Adams, who has already made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables, and has sung with the National Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Seattle Symphony.

About Patrick Reynolds
Now in his 13th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds is a frequent presence on the podium, conducting the DPO in Classical, Chamber, SuperPops and Family concerts. An enthusiastic proponent of educational programs, each season he leads the DPO in its Magic Carpet, SPARK (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) and Young People’s concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area.

Patrick Reynolds has appeared as guest conductor of the Modesto (CA) Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis (MD) Symphony Orchestra, Arlington (VA) Symphony Orchestra, Queens (NY) Symphony Orchestra, the High Mountain (NJ) Symphony Orchestra, and the Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. During the 2009-2010 season he conducted the Dayton Opera production of Verdi’s La Traviata, and for the past two summers he has led Young Peoples Concerts at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.

He is in his eleventh season as Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an organization selected from the area’s finest young musicians. Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the DPYO is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestras, soon celebrating its 75th anniversary. In 2008, Reynolds conducted a production of Hans Krasa’s opera Brundibar in a collaboration between the DPYO, the Dayton Opera, the Kettering Children’s Choir and the Victoria Theatre Association.

Reynolds is a member of the music faculty at the University of Dayton, where he conducts the University Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and teaches courses in conducting. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music.

About Hank Dahlman
Hank Dahlman is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Wright State University, where he serves as the conductor of the WSU Collegiate Chorale. He serves as the Artistic Director of WSU's annual Madrigal Dinners and Holidays in the Heartland. Dahlman is also Director of CELIA, the State of Ohio’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Education, Leadership, & Innovation in the Arts, based at WSU. Wright State choirs under his direction tour regularly in the U.S. and abroad, and have been invited to sing numerous times for regional and state conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and other professional organizations. Choirs directed by Dahlman have also appeared on stage with such notable and varied performers as Robert Shaw, Bill McLaughlin, Anonymous 4, Leon Bates, Simon Carrington, Marvin Hamlisch, and Kenny Rogers. Dahlman has prepared world or regional premieres of new works by such composers as William Bolcom, Robert Xavier Rodriquez, Steven Winteregg, James McCray, Robert Yeager, and Drew Collins. Dahlman’s choirs have also prepared demonstration recordings of new choral works for several nationally known music publishers.

Director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, Dahlman also serves as a guest conductor with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and founded the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 2000. Dr. Dahlman conducted the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus in performance with professional orchestras such as the Czech Chamber Philharmonic in Prague and at the Salzburg Cathedral celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday in 2006. He conducted in his Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, and in June 2010 conducted the DPOC and other choirs in performance at Avery Fisher Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center.

Dr. Dahlman regularly appears as a guest conductor, presenter, or adjudicator at festivals and conferences at the international, national, and regional levels. For five years he was the host of VOICES, a radio program tracing the history, development, and current trends of the choral art, heard weekly on Dayton Public Radio. He has served as an adjudicator at semi-final and final rounds of the National Student Conducting Competitions sponsored by the ACDA, and was invited to be one of four experts on conducting pedagogy to be featured at the inaugural national convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

Dahlman's Choral Pronunciation Guide to Carl Orff's Carmina Burana has been called an industry standard and used by over 100 universities, professional orchestras, and choruses on five continents. His research writings and reviews have appeared in Choral Journal, Triad, Resound, the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and other professional journals and publications. Dahlman has also served regularly as a board member for several state and regional divisions of the ACDA and state music education associations.

Dahlman holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Master of Music degree in choral conducting and literature from the University of South Florida, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree (magna cum laude) from Longwood University. Notable teachers have included Eph Ehly, James McCray, Rey Longyear, Wesley K. Morgan, Randall Pembrook, and Robert Summer.

Hank is the fortunate husband of Cindy, and the proud father of James and Amanda. He and Cindy recently completed their first marathon while raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Besides his love of running, Hank is also an avid cyclist and golfer.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

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