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South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Presents Dana Leong Trio Saturday, February 13, 7:30 PM

Dana’s music spans across multiple genres.

By - Jan 11th, 2016 02:54 pm
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(South Milwaukee, WI) – SMPAC is proud to present two-time Grammy award winning musician, composer, and producer Dana Leong. Considered by many to be the world’s top electric cellist, he has also been referred to as world’s top trombone player by members of the world renowned Balkan Beat Box. Dana’s music spans across multiple genres. His distinctive sound is an emotionally mesmerizing combination of jazz, healing music, electronic dance and hip hop.

Often referred to as a “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma,” his pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has taught Jazz at Stanford University from the age of 16; won two Grammys in Latin Jazz for his collaboration with Paquito D’rivera; worked with Kanye West and Sean P. Diddy Combs in Hip-Hop, and with DJ A-Trak and DJ Qbert in EDM; been a guest musical director for Fela on Broadway; and has composed themes for international brands such as Hermès, Virgin Galactic, Porsche and Mont Blanc. A leading innovator at the intersection of music, technology and wellness, Dana has performed healing music at the World Economic Forum’s closing ceremonies and is a composer on a ‘musicians against violence’ album produced by Harry Belafonte. He also worked with Yamaha to consult on the design of the “Silent Cello,” serves as a U.S. Musical Ambassador and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

The Dana Leong Trio features Dana (cello/trombone), Rob Kohler (bass guitar) and Val-Inc (turntables), and is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting blend of instrumental techniques and musical styles. He was voted “Most Stylish New Yorker” by Time Out New York in 2010, and acted and performed on screen in Steven Spielberg’s feature film The Terminal, Robin Williams’ August Rush, NBC’s Law & Order, The Today Show, and with The Roots Live at Wetlands.

Dana Leong Trio will perform Sat., Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-35 for adults, with discounts for seniors and students. For tickets, visit or call (414) 766-5049.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) provides the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative and diverse performing arts. In addition to hosting an annual Performing Arts Series, SMPAC also serves the students of South Milwaukee and is a professionally- managed rental facility for other presenters, organizations and groups. More than 500 performances, rehearsals, classes and other events take place at SMPAC each year.

Past 2015-16 Performing Arts Series shows include the Boston Brass with And the Nominees Are, Timber! by Canada’s Cirque Alfonse, the Hot Club of San Francisco with Cinema Vivant, and Milwaukee Children’s Choir and Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble with Ceremony of Carols. Upcoming series shows include Milwaukee Ballet II (Sat., January 30), Dana Leong Trio (Sat., February 13), stand-up comedian and South Milwaukee alum Jackie Kashian for An Evening of Comedy (Sat., March 19), and the Cashore Marionettes (Sat., April 9). The Performing Arts Series is sponsored in part by Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport, Classic Cargo International Inc., Emerald City Catering, TASC Services LLC., and Ken Cook Co. Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of WI and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Past rental performances during 2015-16 include The Zombies, Jesse Cook, the Anderson Ponty Band and Steve Hackett. Upcoming rentals include Tommy Emmanuel (Tues., February 23) presented by ACG, A Cappella Festival with Six Appeal presented by The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field and Landass & Company Investments (Sat., January 23) and the Red Green “I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe” tour on April 28. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is located inside of the South Milwaukee 6-12 campus, at 901 15th Avenue in South Milwaukee between College and Rawson Avenues. It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794. Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot. Patrons should enter door #9. For tickets or directions, call 414-766-5049. For more information, visit

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