Oct. 29: The Music of James Bond w. Jeans 'n Classics

October 20, 2017

Peter Brennan's Jeans ’n Classics is a winner! For almost 20 years, the J'nC approach to combining world class rock musicians and symphonies has been a game changer for orchestras in their quest to attract new and more expansive audiences. 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 signature flair.

Symphonies far and wide have heralded the quality of J'nC orchestral scores. Their reputation precedes them for providing lush, fully realized arrangements of rock and pop classics for rock band and symphony, and top notch, easy-to-work-with performers who truly know how to deliver a great live show experience with professionalism, 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. 

Shaken, Not Stirred: The Music of James Bond


Neil Donell (Lead Vocals)

Rique Franks (Lead Vocals)

John Regan (Piano/Host)

...and members of the renowned Jeans 'n Classics Band on: Guitar- Electric Bass - Drums

Neil Donell - Lead Vocals

"His range and depth is truly unparalleled."- concert review

What do Tony Bennett, Marvin Gaye, James Taylor, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Andrea Bocelli, Steve Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Cetera, Jon Bon Jovi and countless others have in common?Well, besides being recognized internationally as renowned recording artists and SRO concert performers, they have all at one time or another taken up temporary residence in the larynx of singer Neil Donell - orat least their voices have!

With a vocal range exceeding four octaves and an uncanny gift for mimicry, Neil Donell has been called upon to reproduce the voices of literally hundreds of iconic vocalists over the course of his extensive career. With more than 10,000 recording sessions to his credit, he is often referred to in the media as "the man of a thousand voices", as well as being acknowledged as "the most recorded voice in the country". His extreme versatility allows him to move effortlessly between virtually every genre of popular music.

When not appearing on concert stages all over North America (including annual stints in Las Vegas and Atlantic City where he fronts various headlining acts), Neil can be found in recording sessions in his hometown of Toronto Canada, where he continues to be in high demand not only for his specialized abilities as a singer but for his skillful expertise as a producer, vocal arranger, voice coach, songwriter and arranger. 

Rique Franks - Lead Vocals

Best known for her four duets with Dan Hill (In Your Eyes, Hold Me Now, Sometimes When We Touch and Can't We Try), Rique Franks has sung, toured, recorded and/or written with many Canadian and international recording artists, including Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Alannah Myles, Alexander O'Neal, Martin Fry (ABC), Alan Frew/Glass Tiger, Bruce Guthro, Glen Lewis, Eddie Schwartz (Writer for Pat Benatar), Lisa Dalbello, Ronnie Greenfield-formerly Spector (The Ronettes), Lorraine Segato (Parachute Club), Alfie Zappacosta, Stephan Moccio, Marc Jordan - the list goes on and on.

This core artist and featured soloist with Jeans ‘n Classics is also a busy session singer and voice actor in Toronto. Rique has lent her voice to many original projects, and has sung and/or read thousands of memorable commercials for countless products.

Unlike most singers Rique started late, after being discovered in her mid twenties by Marvin Dolgay (Tambre Productions) and Doug Paulson (TV's Thrill of a Lifetime). She joined the union (ACTRA), and sang her for her first jingle the very next day. That jingle (for Thrifty’s Jeans) won an award, and work suddenly snowballed. Rique still considers many of the people she first worked with in those early days (Lisa Dalbello, Neil Donell, David Blamires, Johnny Rutledge, and others) as major influences.

Rique recently ended a 20-year run as the on-air speaking voice of Showcase Television/Showcase Diva, saying, among other things, "Viewer discretion is advised"...a lot.

Rique’s own songs are available at iTunes, and other online music retailers.

John Regan - Piano/Host

John Regan has been a member of Jeans ’n Classics since the early 1990’s. Classically trained but conditioned by rock, pop and folk music, John’s repertoire is vast. Prior to joining Jeans ’n Classics he worked with Second City in London, Ontario and did solo work across southwestern Ontario. John cites Joe Jackson, Tom Waits, Elton John and Roy Bittan as influences.

Since becoming a Jeans ’n Classics regular performer, John has shared the piano with such notables as Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Lawrence Gowan (Styx), as well as his good friend Don Paulton (Lighthouse, Jeans ’n Classics). He has performed with more than 50 orchestras across North America. in addition to the piano, John often plays host and emcee in J’nC concerts, offering insight and whimsy to the musical selections.

A high school teacher and football coach by day, John lives in London with his wife and two small children.

May 15, 2019

SEASON FINALE: The Resurrection - Mahler: Symphony No. 2 with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Maestro Denis Mastromonaco and the MSO are thrilled to welcome the mighty Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 2, "The Resurrection".

May 15, 2019

SEASON FINALE: The Resurrection - Guest Artists: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

On Saturday, May 25, the MSO will be joined by the mighty Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in a performance of Mahler's massive Symphony No. 2.

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