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Brilliant Ukrainian-born violinist Vadim Gluzman headlines 8 PM concert in Schuster Center that features Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and guest conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith

Dayton, Ohio (November 6, 2008) – On Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at 8 pm in the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Grand Summit, a monumental musical program featuring the works of three of classical music’s masters whose music exemplifies American, Russian, and Germanic styles. Guest conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith will open the program with William Schuman’s New England Triptych, a reflection on the historic roots of our nation in which the colors of Old Glory unfurl musically. Brilliant and much-heralded Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman makes his DPO debut, bringing new piquancy and insight to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, the Violin Concerto in D major. Following intermission, Guest Conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith leads the DPO in “one of the happiest and most genial of all” Robert Schumann’s symphonies, Symphony No. 1, Spring.

Friday evening is the Olive W. Kettering Memorial Concert. Vadim Gluzman is the Erma R. and Hampden W. Catterton Endowed Guest Artist.  

“Tchaikovsky created a perfect vehicle for a violin and a violinist to exhibit everything from the most intimate lyrical moments to the most incredible pyrotechnical episodes one expects from a Paganini Concerto,” guest violinist Vadim Gluzman remarks. “The depth and wealth of melodious material is enormous, and one can not over estimate the emotional impact of this concerto.”

On both concert evenings at 7 pm in the Mead Theatre, Guest Conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith will conduct a Take Note pre-concert discussion. Take Note is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteer Association.

Tickets $12 - $62.

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About Vadim Gluzman

Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, in technique and sensibility, harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, while possessing the passion and energy of the 21st century. Lauded by both critics and audiences as a performer of great depth, virtuosity, and technical brilliance, he has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Australia as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe.

Vadim Gluzman was born in 1973 in the city of Zhitomir, Ukraine, into a family of professional musicians. Winner of numerous international competitions, he began studying the violin at the age of seven. Before moving to Israel in 1990, he studied with Zakhar Bron and later with Yair Kless at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He has also studied in the U. S. with Arkady Fomin and at The Juilliard School with Masao Kawasaki and the late Dorothy DeLay.  Mr. Gluzman, his wife and daughter make their home in the Chicago area.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

Performance Place at the Schuster Center ~ 109 North Main Street, Suite 200 ~ Dayton, Ohio 45402

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