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May 15, 2015



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Dann Dunn, artist


INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED SPEED PAINTER MAKES HOUSTON SYMPHONY JONES HALL DEBUT IN WORLD PREMIERE OF THE PAINTJAM CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the orchestra in highly visual performance

Houston-based speed-painter Dan Dunn brings music to life inspired by the sounds of the full orchestra

Live auction of paintings will take place immediately following the concert

HOUSTON (May 15, 2015)—The Houston Symphony and Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski will be presenting the world premiere of The Paintjam Concert Experience on May 22-24 at Jones Hall.

The program features internationally-acclaimed Houston-based speed painter, Dan Dunn, as he brings music to life in a highly visual and spontaneous presentation. Using paint, sand, glass and canvas, Dan choreographs his theatrical performances to music at astonishing speed. On May 22, 23 and 24, Dan is expected to create eight works of art inspired by the sounds of the orchestra featuring songs like Tyzik’s The Great Westerns Suite, "Bohemian Rhapsody," music from Gladiator, John Lennon’s "Imagine," selections from Ravel’s Mother Goose, and more. Additionally, one lucky audience member will be selected at random to participate in an on-stage activity with Dan.

Local audiences may remember Dan and his grand improvisational style from last year’s Houston Symphony Star-Spangled Salute concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre where he wowed audiences with his spontaneous style, choreographing paintings to patriotic, toe-tapping tunes. Dan also made quite an impression at a Houston Texans game a few years ago, causing the stadium to erupt into cheers after painting the beloved star defender J.J. Watt in a fun half-time show performance.

With more than 30 years of experience in painting, illustration and design, Dan has taken his improvisational, energetic art form across the world and appeared on several national TV shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Rachel Ray Show among many others. Additionally, he has earned many national awards and has been commissioned to draw caricatures and portraits of President George H. W. Bush, Sting, Simon Cowell and Jimmy Buffett, just to name a few. His portrait of the Columbia astronauts hangs at NASA.

Following each Paintjam Concert Experience performance, the paintings created by Dan Dunn will be auctioned in a live auction by a professional auctioneer. Registration will take place prior to the performance, during intermission and post-concert at the in-lobby Symphony Store. Artwork will be reserved at a minimum bid and sold As Is-Where Is.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

Full Concert Details:

The Paintjam Concert Experience 
Friday, May 22, 2015, 8:00pm
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 24, 2015, 7:30pm
Michael Krajewski, conductor 
Dan Dunn, artist

Tickets from $25
Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002

About Dan Dunn

Dan has a background in painting, design and caricature spanning 30 years. He has won numerous national awards and been commissioned to draw caricatures for many famous people such as former President George H. W. Bush, Sting (Gordon Sumner), Jimmy Buffett and Joe Theisman. To his credit, Dan also has a painting commemorating the brave men and women of the Columbia Shuttle Mission on display at N.A.S.A.

After running his own successful caricature talent agency, Caricatures Ink., for many years, Dan Dunn discovered his amazing Paintjam abilities after being inspired by work of the late, great, artist, Denny Dent. Dan rented a storage warehouse, draped it in plastic and began to throw some paint. It was his stunning performance as the closing act in an Atlantic City variety show that first brought international attention to the classically-trained painter.

Overwhelmed by the crowd’s reaction to the unique show, Dan’s daughter posted a recording of the sensational footage on YouTube. It wasn’t long before Paintjam went viral and had received millions of hits and garnered the painter widespread acclaim! At its peak he was the 45th most viewed video on YouTube and was getting 85,000 views per hour.

Since starting on this amazing journey, Dan has appeared on numerous news shows worldwide and been a featured performer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Fallon, Rachael Ray, Carson Daly, Super Bowl pre game show, and The CBS Early Show to name a few.

He has also showcased his unbelievable talent alongside Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, Craig Ferguson, Dennis Miller, Lionel Richie, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Cosby, Fergie, Criss Angel, Elvis Costello and Queen Latifah, among others.

He has performed for Billionaires, Carlos Slim Helu, (The richest man in the world), Sir Richard Branson and John Paul DeJoria as well as various world leaders. He has performed in over 25 Countries and has raised over 2 million dollars for charities from the sale of his paintings.

He currently lives in Magnolia, Texas with his wife Cindy. They have five beautiful, intelligent children.

About Michael Krajewski

Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. In addition to his positon as principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony, he serves the same role in Jacksonville and Atlanta and is the newly appointed music director of The Philly Pops.

As a guest conductor, Mike has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Boston and Cincinnati Pops; the San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and National Symphonies; and numerous other orchestras across the United States. In Canada, he has led Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Edmonton, Winnipeg and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies.

Mike is the conductor of the video Silver Screen Serenade with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker that aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting. He has led the Houston Symphony on two holiday albums: Glad Tidings and Christmas Festival. In 2014-2015, he will conduct his original Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel program all over North America featuring national touring artists AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. His other collaborative programs have included Jason Alexander, Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, and many more.

With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Mike furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife, Darcy.

About Houston Symphony

During the 2014-15 season, the Houston Symphony enters its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. This season also marks the inaugural year for new Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $29 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call (713) 224-7575.

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