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Green and Stewart will be joined by former New Power Generation members Andrew Gouché (bass) and Jairus Mozee (guitar), along with Bonnie Brooksbank (violin, vocals) and Kevin Randolph (keyboard). The group will play Prince hits like “Purple Rain,” “1999,” “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry” and “Little Red Corvette.
“His music was already very emotional, but it’s definitely a lot more emotional singing these songs since Prince’s passing,” Green said. “I feel like we take life for granted a lot because we live it, so when we’re singing a song, it’s really sobering. You feel the emotional connection to the song and then you look out at the audience and see all the different generations of people he affected and you realize he’s not here anymore.
“But he is still here because his energy is still here,” Green added. “It’s still affecting us and that’s why all these beautiful people come out to hear us perform these songs.”
The Rockin’ Orchestra Series continues with “Michael Cavanaugh: The Music of Elton John and More” on Nov. 3. Other concerts in the series include “Winborne Presents the Music of Led Zeppelin” and “The Who’s ‘Tommy’ in Concert.”
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What: "The Music of Prince: A Rock and Symphonic Tribute" with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, vocalist MacKenzie Green, music director Nisan Stewart and others
Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30
More info: 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com