Resident conductor, Benjamin Rous, will conduct the high-energy performance of Joel’s greatest hits, such as “Uptown Girl”, “Piano Man”, “Big Shot”, and more.
While most definitely not a tribute act, Jeans ‘n Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair. Their reputation precedes them for providing lush, fully realized arrangements of rock and pop classics for rock band and symphony, and top notch performers who deliver a great live show experience with humor, and finesse. Jeans ’n Classics works with over 100 orchestras in venues throughout North America, and has created almost 1,000 original rock and pop orchestrations which are presented across 45 unique and exciting productions.
Jean Meilleur, lead vocalist, has been a headliner with Jeans ’n Classics for over 20 years, performing with scores of major North American orchestras, lending his distinctive voice to some of the greatest popular music of our time. Jean is a prolific songwriter who has been performing professionally for over thirty years. His singing voice can best be described as passionate and provocative, with an immediately recognizable robust timbre. Jean’s 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.
“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.”
Don Paulton, pianist, was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 as a longtime member of Canadian super-group, Lighthouse. He has performed with Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, The Byrds, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Del Shannon, Ben E. King, Leslie Gore and the Platters, and toured extensively with the hit theatre production, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.
Performances of “An Innocent Man – The Music of Billy Joel” are Thursday, Nov. 5th, 8:00 p.m., at Ferguson Center of the Arts in Newport News and Saturday, Nov. 7th, 8:00 p.m. at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk.