U2 with strings: Windborne Music returns with DPO Rockin’ Orchestra

Windborne Music and lead vocalist Brody Dolyniuk (pictured) join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for The Music of U2, a Rockin Orchestra Series concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Saturday, April 7. CONTRIBUTED

Whatever you think about the current state of U2’s music, there’s no disputing the Irish group is the most successful act to emerge from the UK post-punk scene. In many ways, the still-intact original lineup of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are the last men standing from that vital period.

U2’s longevity and vast catalog of hits and deep cuts made it the perfect subject for a symphonic makeover by Windborne Music. The Virginia Beach-based group, led by Cincinnati native Brent Havens, joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for The Music of U2, a Rockin’ Orchestra Series concert at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Saturday, April 7.

“Of all the bands from that era, there isn’t anybody that can compete with U2’s continued success,” said Windborne’s Brody Dolyniuk, lead vocalist for the concert. “Their music stands the test of time but they’re still relevant. U2 is still putting out new music and still touring and playing stadiums, and they’re still doing it with the same four guys, which is pretty remarkable.”

In 2014, Havens added the U2 show to Windborne’s repertoire, which includes symphonic concerts dedicated to acts as diverse as Journey, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and Whitney Houston.

“Other than different content in the U2 show, it’s a similar format and approach to doing Led Zeppelin or Queen,” Dolyniuk said. “One difference is I grew up a little bit more with the music from the ’80s. For the music of the ’70s, I had to seek out and find that stuff later in life.”

For Dolyniuk, his first exposure to U2 was seeing the band’s videos on MTV.

“There was this thing where MTV used to play music videos back in the day,” he said. “Kids today don’t really quite understand that, but I grew up in that era. I remember seeing U2 do the rooftop concert for ‘Where the Streets Have No Name.’ Although they had been around for years prior that, the video era ushered in U2 for me. MTV was huge for many artists and that’s where U2 came online for me.”

According to Dolyniuk, it doesn’t matter your age or when you discovered U2, there is something for every music fan at a Rockin’ Orchestra Series concert.

“What’s great about these symphony shows is they reach a wide audience,” he said. “There’s always a hodgepodge of people in the audience, from grandparents to grandkids, and it’s the kind of show where everybody will have a great time.”


What: The Music of U2 presented by Windborne Music and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Where: The Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Cost: $21-$81

More info: 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com

Artist info: www.windbornemusic.com

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