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Joe Deninzon joins Kansas

originally published: 05/28/2023

Joe Deninzon joins Kansas

Classic rock band Kansas has announced the addition of violinist/guitarist Joe Deninzon to the band. He is replacing the departing David Ragsdale. Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on the “Viper” seven-string electric violin.

Joe Deninzon is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, which has just released their 6th album—a box set with double live CDs/DVD-Blu-rays-- “Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock)” (Melodic Revolution Records). He can be heard on over a hundred albums and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.

Deninzon has performed and/or recorded with the Who, Bruce Springsteen, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Skolnick, Smokey Robinson, Les Paul, Peter Criss from KISS, Michael Sadler, Renaissance with Annie Haslam, Kurt Elling, and as a soloist with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet. A BMI Composer’s Grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, he has written solo works for violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and in 2015, premiered his Electric Violin Concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s in Jazz Violin from Manhattan School of music.

Original member and drummer Phil Ehart comments, “We are extremely excited for Joe Deninzon to be the newest member of Kansas. We believe Kansas fans will enjoy what Joe will bring to the band. We are excited to kick off the Kansas 50th Anniversary Tour. As the paragraph in the band’s first album said, ‘KANSAS IS A BAND’ and we remain so to this day.”



 
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Deninzon adds, “As a lifelong fan of Kansas, I am overwhelmed and humbled to have been invited to join this legendary band! I have the deepest respect for Robby and David and will do my best to honor and build on their musical legacy.”

Joe Deninzon’s first performance with the band will be in Pittsburgh, PA on June 2 at the Benedum Center during the premier date of the Kansas 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road.

KANSAS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – ANOTHER FORK IN THE ROAD CONFIRMED DATES:

DATE                            CITY                             VENUE

June 2, 2023                 Pittsburgh, PA               Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

June 3, 2023                 Baltimore, MD               The Lyric Baltimore

June 9, 2023                 Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theatre



 
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June 10, 2023               Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theatre

June 16, 2023               Fort Wayne, IN              Embassy Theatre

June 17, 2023               Detroit, MI                     Fisher Theatre

June 29, 2023               Toronto, ON                  Massey Hall

July 1, 2023                   Rochester, NY               Kodak Center

July 7, 2023                   Cincinnati, OH               Taft Theatre

July 8, 2023                   Indianapolis, IN             Clowes Memorial Hall

July 14, 2023                 Minneapolis, MN            State Theatre

July 15, 2023                 Chicago, IL                   The Chicago Theatre

July 21, 2023                 Wausau, WI                  The Grand Theater



 
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July 22, 2023                 Milwaukee, WI               The Riverside Theater

July 27, 2023                 Kansas City, MO           The Midland Theatre

July 29, 2023                 St. Louis, MO                The Fabulous Fox Theatre

August 4, 2023              Des Moines, IA             Hoyt Sherman Place

August 5, 2023              Omaha, NE                   Orpheum Theater

August 18, 2023            Knoxville, TN                 Tennessee Theatre

August 19, 2023            Nashville, TN                 Ryman Auditorium

August 25, 2023            Denver, CO                   The Paramount Theatre

August 26, 2023            Salt Lake City, UT          Eccles Theater

September 6, 2023        Vancouver, BC              Queen Elizabeth Theatre

September 8, 2023        Seattle, WA                   The Paramount Theatre

September 9, 2023        Portland, OR                 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

September 12, 2023      Boise, ID                       Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

September 14, 2023      San Francisco, CA        Golden Gate Theatre

September 16, 2023      Los Angeles, CA            The Orpheum Theatre

September 17, 2023      San Diego, CA              Balboa Theatre

September 19, 2023      Tucson, AZ                   Fox Tucson Theatre

September 22, 2023      Albuquerque, NM          Kiva Auditorium

September 24, 2023      El Paso, TX                   The Plaza Theatre

October 12, 2023           Worcester, MA              The Hanover Theatre

October 13, 2023           Brookville, NY               Tilles Center for the Performing Arts



 
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October 20, 2023           San Antonio, TX            Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

October 21, 2023           Sugar Land, TX             Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

October 26, 2023           Huntsville, AL                Von Braun Center – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall

October 27, 2023           Memphis, TN                 Orpheum Theatre

November 3, 2023         Charlotte, NC                Ovens Auditorium

November 4, 2023         Durham, NC                  Durham Performing Arts Center

November 16, 2023       Dallas, TX                     Winspear Opera House

November 17, 2023       Tulsa, OK                     Tulsa Theater

December 1, 2023         Savannah, GA               Johnny Mercer Theatre

December 2, 2023         Atlanta, GA                   Fox Theatre

January 12, 2024           Jacksonville, FL             Florida Theatre

January 13, 2024           North Charleston, SC     North Charleston Performing Arts Center

January 19, 2024           Fort Myers, FL               Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

January 20, 2024           Clearwater, FL               Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 27, 2024           Melbourne, FL               Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts

January 28, 2024           Fort Lauderdale, FL       Broward Center for the Performing Arts

For more information on Kansas and the Another Fork in the Road – 50th Anniversary Tour please visit: www.kansasband.com


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