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8 PM concerts at Schuster Center feature Beethoven’s epic Fifth Symphony plus works by Wagner and Vaughan Williams

Dayton, Ohio (May 14, 2009) – On Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at 8 pm in the Schuster Center, Hank Dahlman and the DPO Chorus join the DPO and Music Director Neal Gittleman for the Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series’ season finale, A World of Change. The concert features the works of Richard Wagner, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Richard Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi, his “effort to compose a fashionable ‘Parisian’ opera,” (Jennifer Hambrick, All Media Guide) opens the program. “Intended as a plea to avert war at a time when tensions in Europe were rising sharply,” (Robert Cummings, All Media Guide) Ralph Vaughn Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, in its DPO debut, follows. “Since the crux of the Vaughan Williams piece is a description of war and a plea for peace,” Amy Vaubel, DPO Chorus Manager, states, “it is extremely intense in character. The chorus members literally have to sound like bugles, drums, and the marching feet of soldiers. It is, at one and the same time, a tremendous challenge – and a great joy – to perform.”

The program – and the Classical Series and 2008-2009 Colours season – concludes with the epic grandeur of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Guests soprano Andrea Chenoweth and baritone Jamie Cordes join the DPO to provide the musical brushstrokes for a superbly crafted exclamation point to the 2008-2009 Colours Season.

On both concert evenings at 7 pm in the Mead Theatre, DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman will conduct a Take Note discussion.                                                                    

Series sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals. Victory Wholesale Group, Inc. is supporting sponsor of Saturday evening’s concert.

Tickets $12 - $62.

For photographs of Neal Gittleman or any of the various series’ guest artists, go to:

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus (DPOC) is the choral performance organization of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. As such, it is the DPOC's mission to serve as part of the orchestra during the regular subscription season, performing choral-orchestral works. The DPOC may perform other functions, such as summer concerts and choral-only concerts. Additionally, the DPOC is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the greater Miami Valley through workshops, clinics, joint concerts, and other educational outreach. Founded in 1933, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has a distinguished place in Dayton’s history as one of the community's oldest and longest-standing cultural institutions. Hank Dahlman – Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Wright State University, where he serves as the conductor of the WSU Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Singers – is director of the DPOC.

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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