September 27, 2016 / By Donna Reist, Corporate Marketing

The New Voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook Pays Tribute to Everyone’s Favorite “Piano Man” on Stage

On Saturday, October 8 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present the first concert in the 2016–2017 Dayton Freight Rockin’ Orchestra Series, Music of Billy Joel with Michael Cavanaugh.  Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to be an Associate Sponsor for this performance, and HMR Tech is Supporting Sponsor through the Military Appreciation Program. DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2016-2017 Excite Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Michael Cavanaugh IS the “New Voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook.”  He is a charismatic performer, musician and actor, made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway Musical Movin’ Out.  Michael Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in this title role and evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man himself. Michael appeared in Movin’ Out for three years in over 1,200 performances, receiving accolade after accolade, which culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations.

Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel’s songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that “meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.”  Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. In 1990, he was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Joel was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, the organization’s highest honor, in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies.

Together with the DPO, Michael Cavanaugh will pay homage to Billy Joel with a performance of some of his greatest and most adored hits, including “Movin’ Out,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “She’s Got a Way,” “Longest Time,” “Pressure,” “Goodnight Saigon,” “River of Dreams,” “New York State of Mind,” “Uptown Girl,” “Just the Way You Are,” “You May Be Right,” and, of course, the timeless classic “Piano Man.”  A few additional surprises may be in store as well.