Winston-Salem Symphony Celebrates “The Music of Led Zeppelin”

Michael Shotton
"WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Rock out to the music of legendary band, Led Zeppelin, considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history, with the Winston-Salem Symphony at its Plugged-In Pops! concert, “The Music of Led Zeppelin,” on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Tickets range from $20– $67 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at

Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan will conduct the Symphony and guest artists from the Jeans ’n Classics band for Zeppelin hit after hit including, but not limited to, All of My Love, The Ocean, When The Levee Breaks/Black Dog, The Rain Song, Kashmir, and of course Stairway to Heaven.

While definitely not a tribute act, Jeans ’n Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair. Jeans ’n Classics members performing with the Winston-Salem Symphony for “The Music of Led Zeppelin” are: Michael Shotton, lead vocals; Dave Dunlop, guitar; Donald Paulton, keyboards; Mitchell Tyler, bass; and Jeff Christmas, drums.

Born in Newcastle, England, Michael Shotton (lead vocals) loved music from the moment he discovered The Beatles. Beginning at the age of three, Shotton began performing and accumulated years of experience playing drums and singing in countless original, top-40 and specialty tribute acts.

Dave Dunlop (guitar) has been a pro guitarist/ songwriter/singer/educator for the past 25 years. Currently, Dunlop balances his studio work while touring as a member of the award-winning Strung-Out Troubadours, the Rik Emmett Band, the Alan Frew Trio and Jeans ’n Classics.

Donald Paulton (keyboards) has been performing with the Jeans ’n Classics band for 17 seasons. He has worked with five Juno award-winners and has performed with such acts as Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, The Byrds, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Del Shannon, Ben E. King, Leslie Gore, and the Platters.

Mitchell Tyler (bass) is an Honors Bachelor of Music (Theory and Composition) and Bachelor of Education graduate of the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and has been a professional musician since 1987. As a freelance electric and upright bassist, conductor, and music educator, he has done everything from theater, concert, and symphony work to session, club, and corporate engagements.

Jeff Christmas (drums) is a Canadian-based composer, arranger, conductor, drummer, percussionist, and trumpeter. He studied at York University, Toronto, Canada; the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada; and Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he majored in Film Scoring and Composition.

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This concert and the Winston-Salem Symphony are sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo; Plugged-in Pops Presenting Sponsor BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina, Concert Sponsor Novant Health, Guest Artist Sponsor Total Computer Solutions, as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony, now performing its 68th season, is one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. This season also marks Maestro Robert Moody’s 10th Anniversary with the Symphony. Under the baton of Music Director Moody, its performance season includes a classics series, a pops series, concerts for kids, annual  performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs.  For more information visit"

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