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DPO Chamber Choir and Bach Society of Dayton Chorus join Neal Gittleman, DPO, and seven vocal soloists for February 27 performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church


DAYTON, OH (February 15, 2010) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary), often called the “1610 Vespers,” in a special 400th anniversary performance on Saturday, February 27, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson Street in Dayton.

Joining the DPO and Music Director Neal Gittleman will be the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir under the direction of Hank Dahlman; the Bach Society of Dayton Chorus under the direction of John Neely; and vocal soloists Kendra Colton, soprano; Tony Arnold, soprano; John Wesley Wright, tenor; Jeffrey Halili, tenor; Daniel Anderson, tenor; Andrew Garland, baritone; and Jonathan Hays, baritone.

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) is widely acknowledged as the composer who bridged the gap between the musical styles of the Renaissance, into which he was born, and the newly emerging Baroque period. Monteverdi wrote his Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, completed in 1610, for the court of the Gonzaga family in Mantua and dedicated the work to Pope Paul V.

But the composition's true home is undoubtedly the cathedral of St. Mark in Venice, where Monteverdi became music-master in 1613. Indeed, Monteverdi could well have conceived the Vespers with the Cathedral’s echoing spaces, galleries, balconies, organ, and choir lofts in mind.

Tickets for the February 27 performance are priced at $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors, $14 for Students and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at All seating is on a General Admission basis (no reserved seats).


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 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.

About the Soloists
Kendra Colton, soprano
American soprano Kendra Colton is a versatile singer and communicator who has developed a niche for herself in the oratorios and sacred works of Bach, Brahms, Haydn, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert, appearing as featured soloist with leading orchestras throughout the United States. She is also recognized for her skill as an interpreter of contemporary music and has given several premieres.

Tony Arnold, soprano
Clarity, depth, imagination, and vocal beauty mark the performances of soprano Tony Arnold, who is internationally recognized for her interpretation of the contemporary repertoire. In 2001 she became the first vocalist ever to win the prestigious Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition, and later that year took top honors at the McMahon International Music Competition. Since those triumphs she has been widely sought as both a concert and recording artist.

John Wesley Wright, tenor
Tenor John Wesley Wright is known for his artistic and soulful interpretations of music from baroque to Broadway. He has toured as a soloist and in professional ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Wright is a member of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble and is highlighted in the recent PBS documentary “The Spirituals: Featuring the American Spiritual Ensemble”, released nationally in 2007.

Jeffrey Halili, tenor
Jeffrey Halili has performed in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic. His repertoire includes Uriel in The Creation, Handel's Messiah, Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, and Arthur Honegger's oratorio King David. He received his Master's in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and his Bachelor's in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York.

Daniel Anderson, tenor
Tenor Daniel Anderson is in the second year of his masters at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music studying with Bill McGraw. He has performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited for the past two summers to sing with the Wolf Trap Opera Company in their studio artist program.

Andrew Garland, baritone
Recent highlights for baritone Andrew Garland include his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut where he performed a vivid program of works by living American composers, as well as performances of Hermann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and The Gamekeeper in Rusalka both with Boston Lyric Opera, as well as Dandini in La Cenerentola with the Fort Worth Opera and Opera Company of North Carolina, and Figaro in The Barber of Seville with Dayton Opera.

Jonathan Hays, baritone
A frequent guest of symphony orchestras across North America, baritone Jonathan Hays has performed as soloist in works such as Handel’s Messiah; J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, St. Matthew Passion and B-minor Mass; Rob Kapilow’s And Furthermore, They Bite and Polar Express; and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, with organizations including The Orchestra of St. Luke's, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, The American Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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

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