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Posted on May 9, 2016 |

The Orchestra at Mount St. Joe Saturday

The Orchestra at Mount St. Joe Saturday

 

The GCPAS 2015-2016 concert series will end in may with a tribute to ELO by former members.

The GCPAS 2015-2016 concert series will end with a tribute to ELO by former members.

The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society (GCPAS) will present the Orchestra — starring EOL and ELO II former members — Saturday May 14 at Mount St. Joseph University.

“The show is a must for Classic Rock fans,” says GCPAS President Pete Ellerhorst. “It will be an evening of the greatest hits of the Electric Light Orchestra.”

Electric Light Orchestra began when three members of the Birmingham, England band The Move created the group as a side project in 1970. They envisioned a hybrid rock/orchestral group with a sound that picked up where The Beatles had left off on songs like I Am The Walrus.

Orchestra ELO Poster

ELO’s spectacular run of success in the ’70s and ’80s included numerous gold and platinum albums, Top Ten hits such as Can’t Get It Out of My Head and Telephone Line, and the groundbreaking “Spaceship” tour. Its roster changed numerous times over the years, with no fewer than 18 members contributing to the band’s sound.

In the late 1980s, six-person symphonic rock band ELO Part II wowed audiences around the world, creating even more excitement when it teamed with award-winning symphony orchestras in cities and at festivals in many countries. After Los Angeles guitarist Parthenon Huxley replaced Phil Bates and Philadelphia drummer Gordon Townsend replaced Bev Bevan, the group continued as The Orchestra, and has played to sold-out houses since 2000, as well as teaming with symphony orchestras, classic rock bands, and new bands.

Tickets for the 7:30 pm show are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. For tickets and information, go to www.gcparts.org or call 513-570-0652.

GCPAS is a registered non-profit charity. Its annual series of seven concerts raises funds for tuition assistance programs at Catholic elementary schools throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

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