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DPAA Season Opener: Like an Entire Arts Season on One Program!

Saturday, September 20, 8 pm ~ Sunday, September 21, 3 pm ~ 2014
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SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Excerpts from Eugene Onegin
MUSSORGSKY Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov
RACHMANINOFF Vocalise
BORODIN Polovtsian Dances
...and more

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor | KAREN RUSSO BURKE choreographer
THOMAS BANKSTON producing director
DAYTON BALLET, DAYTON OPERA & DAYTON PHILHARMONIC
DAYTON OPERA CHORUS | DAYTON PHILHARMONIC CHORUS   

All three art forms come together for "Russian Panorama" featuring the works of five very different Russian composers and different eras.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture opens the program with a seven-minute musical joyride at almost roller coaster speed. Excerpts from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s lyric opera Eugene Onegin follow. With its torrid exploration of love, social mores, and sexual passion, it should come as no surprise that Tchaikovsky wrote the piece while living through a short and catastrophic marriage.

With an opening that sounds like a celestial clock ticking off the last minutes of someone’s life, Modest Mussorgsky’s Coronation Scene from the opera Boris Godunov morphs into a lyrical, hauntingly beautiful procession of participants in a grand royal pageant.

You’ll be instantly familiar with Aleksandr Borodin’s "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor. Dayton Ballet joins forces with the DPO and Chorus for this breathtaking finale.


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The Celebration of Russian Music Continues with Guest Chad Hoopes

Friday, September 26 & Saturday, September 27 ~ 8:00 pm ~ 2014
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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Le Coq d’Or Suite
SCHELLE The Big Night
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
CHAD HOOPES violin
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA   

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov based his 1907 opera Le Coq d’Or on Alexander Pushkin’s poem The Tale of the Golden Cockerel. Highly controversial, the work was immediately banned by the Palace. Neal opens the concert with a vivid suite from this opera.

We’ve all been there—unable to sleep because of some impending event such as a job interview, a speech, or a tax audit. In 1991, composer Michael Schelle put the anxiety inherent in such a situation to music in a piece titled The Big Night. The scenario: a young violin virtuoso faces her first performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto before a live audience! At the end of all this musical anxiety, snippets of music from the actual concerto and several other of Tchaikovsky’s works are heard just before the musician finally falls asleep.

Which leads into Tchaikovsky’s actual Violin Concerto in D major featuring our evening’s guest artist Chad Hoopes. With hundreds of live performances around the world, doubtless Chad has long since conquered the restless sleep before the many "big nights" on which he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras. A real favorite of Dayton classical audiences, he will appear on both the pair of classical concerts and also as a special guest on the Sunday, September 28 Classical Connections “Tchaikovsky: The Romantic.”


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Easygoing Sunday Afternoon: Great Music Topped by a Scoop of Graeter's!

Sunday, September 28 ~ 3:00 pm ~ 2014
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Featured work:
TCHAIKOVSKY  Violin Concerto in D major
Casual Q&A with Neal plus Graeter’s Ice Cream Social after the concert

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor, presenter
CHAD HOOPES violin
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA   

The unique Classical Connections format features music examples, description and explanation on the first half followed by a full performance of the featured work right after intermission. DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman analyzes the featured work and composer, providing an interesting contrast to the music itself.

The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major debuted in 1881, performed by a relatively young (aged 30) violinist by the name of Adolf Brodsky.

The critics had mixed reactions to it ("long and pretentious," "the violin was not played but beaten black and blue," "odorously Russian"). Strangely enough, today no one remembers who the critics were.

But the Tchaikovsky concerto has since become one of the most often performed staples of the classical virtuosic performance archive.

Although still a young man, violinist Chad Hoopes has become a regular guest artist with your Philharmonic. Why? Because Maestro Gittleman has a sharp eye for talent! Now, with hundreds of live performances around the globe, with many of the world’s great orchestras, Chad is no longer looked on by concert audiences and critics as a mere wunderkind but rather as a respected member of the classical community of truly talented virtuosos.


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Presenting Brass Transit! Music That is Feeling Stronger Every Day...

Saturday, October 4 ~ 8:00 pm ~ 2014
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BRASS TRANSIT rock ensemble
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
PATRICK REYNOLDS conductor   

In the early days Chicago described themselves as a "rock and roll band with horns." Yet, the group is known not only for deep musicality... but also a message.

With time, their musical style softened a bit, and they produced a few chartbuster ballads, followed by two decades in which the hits just kept on coming, making them the leading U.S. singles charting group during the 1970s with 21 top-ten singles and five number-one albums!

watchicon_HomeNow we kick off the Rockin' Orchestra Series with Brass Transit - a dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute band with a show that includes all the hits from Chicago's golden age: "25 or 6 to 4," "Another Rainy Day in New York City," "Beginnings," "Call On Me," "Color My World," "Dialogue," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Free," "Hard Habit to Break," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," "I'm a Man," "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long," "Just You 'n' Me," "Lowdown," "Make Me Smile," "Movin' In," "Old Days," "Questions 67 & 68," "Saturday in the Park," "The Approaching Storm," "Wake Up Sunshine," "Wishing You Were Here," and "You're the Inspiration."

Join us when your Philharmonic welcomes Brass Transit for an evening of world-class horns, rocking rhythm, and superb vocal talent. We'll transport you to the freewheeling days of the 1970s and beyond.


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Jazz Master Pizzarelli Opens the Pops Season with Iconic American Classics

Friday, October 10 & Saturday, Oct 11 ~ 8:00 pm ~ 2014
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DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
JOHN PIZZARELLI vocals, guitar   

He’s been called “hip with a wink,” “madly creative,” “a tour de force,” “a rare entertainer,” “the genial genius of the guitar, ” and the man responsible for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”

He’s jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli and he’s definitely got game.

His bona fides include performing with Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Slam Stewart, and George Shearing. As well as opening for such greats as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra.

His impressive album discography includes The Rare Delight of You (2002), Bossa Nova (2004), Knowing You (2005), Dear Mr. Sinatra (2006), With a Song in My Heart (2008 Grammy Award nomination),  Rockin’ in Rhythm (2010), and Double Exposure (2012).

He's even recorded with Beatle Paul McCartney’s several tracks of the 2012 album, Kisses on the Bottom!

On the Mead Theatre stage, armed with his trusty guitar and intimate voice, John will re-create the memories that Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra engendered with their many classic hits.

So come and find yourself swept away when Neal Gittleman melds the power of the full Dayton Philharmonic with the awesome talents of jazz legend John Pizzarelli.


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PhilharMonster Kicks Off a Month of Spooky Fun: Orchestra, Dance & Rock!

Sunday, October 12 ~ 3:00 pm ~ 2014
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Come early at 2:00 pm for pre-concert fun in the Wintergarden
  

Your Dayton Philharmonic kicks off the 2014–2015 Family Series when we present the legendary PhilharMonster Halloween concert.

It’s all part of a Halloween trifecta of special performances:
PhilharMonster on October 12,
Dayton Ballet’s Ghost Stories on October 23-26, and a very special
rock’n roll presentation of the Music of Rocky Horror on October 31!

Make a special note! In order to accomodate all this spooky hilarity, we’ve moved PhilharMonster up to October 12 this year. The costume contest is a great opportunity to let your little ones test-drive their costumes early!

Of course, Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman continues his tradition of onstage merriment when he shows up as… sorry, we can't say (it’s a closely-guarded secret). Our Maestro leads a costumed Dayton Philharmonic in a program featuring a wild range of music specially selected for kids from ages 3 to 93. The fun continues when the Orchestra's musicians stage their own costume contest. Be there to applaud your favorite.

Activities begin at 2 pm. You’ll find crafts, an instrument petting zoo, and the annual costume contest at 2:15. Prizes will be awarded for 1) cutest, 2) scariest, and 3) most creative costumes in age categories of 3-5, 6-9, and 10 and up.


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This Handy Calendar Puts the Full Season at Your Fingertips

For the bold 2014–2015 New Horizons Season, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance transports you to an ever-expanding world of emotion and imagination.

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We continue the innovation of our dramatic Signature Events; performances that combine the power of all three art forms. The spectacular “Russian Panorama” opens the season, “Classical Destinations” marks the halfway point at New Year’s Eve, and The Pearl Fishers completes the Opera series in April.

The cherished classics are here: beloved symphonies and concertos, seasonal events like PhilharMonster, Hometown Holidays, Messiah, and The Nutcracker. Some appear in new guises! Dayton Ballet’s Peter Pan will be performed for the first time with the full Philharmonic.

But as important are the new experiences. Our Composer-in-Residence, Stella Sung, teams with Karen Russo Burke for the World Premiere of an exciting new ballet in February 2015. The Opera brings Dead Man Walking to the Midwest for the first time in over a decade. For all four Classical Connections concerts, Neal Gittleman creates a thematic arch with Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich at the focal point. In fact, for those who love Russian music, the season is a treasure trove of wonderment.

Then, to honor Benjamin Britten on the anniversary of his 100th birthday, we welcome Keith Lockhart to conduct the amazing War Requiem. Audience-pleasing artists such as jazz great John Pizzarelli are back, while we also look forward to newcomers to our stage such as Tiempo Libre and Indigo Girls.

Nowhere else in the nation can you experience a dramatic arts collaboration with the range and depth of such new experiences as these. Subscribe or purchase your single tickets now and let us, together, chart a course for new horizons.

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September 20 - 28

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Saturday Evening, Sept 20
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PERFORMANCES

RUSSIAN PANORAMA
SEASON OPENING SPECTACULAR
Saturday, September 20
7:00 - Opera Prelude Talk
with Dr. Sam Dorf, Mead
8:00 - Performance, Mead
Sunday, September 21
2:00 - Opera Prelude Talk
with Dr. Sam Dorf, Mead
3:00 - Performance, Mead

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
CLASSICAL PROGRAM
Friday, September 26
Saturday, September 27
7:00 - Take Note Talk with Neal
Gittleman & Chad Hoopes, Mead
7:30 - Hard Core Vintage
Ballroom Dancers, Wintergarden
8:00 - Performance, Mead

TCHAIKOVSKY:
THE ROMANTIC
CLASSICAL CONNECTIONS
Sunday, September 28
2:00 - Presentation by Dr. Joseph Schenk, Donor's Lounge
3:00 - Performance, Mead
After - Graeter’s Ice Cream Social and Q&A with Neal, Wintergarden

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