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Classical Connections concert explores contrasting styles of two Romantic masters


DAYTON OH  (February 26, 2010) - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2009-2010 Classical Connections series will conclude on Friday, March 12, 2010, with “Strauss & Schumann: Romanticism Unbound.” The concert will be performed at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center

Created by DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman, who serves as host and raconteur, Classical Connections concerts provide a fascinating "behind the scenes” look at orchestral music. These innovative programs, which Neal began 23 years ago with the Milwaukee Symphony, have become a much-anticipated part of the Dayton Philharmonic's annual concert schedule.

In keeping with the 09-10 Classical Connections series theme of “The Composers,” the March 12 program examines the personalities and contrasting styles of two influential masters of music’s Romantic period: the introverted, traditional Robert Schumann (celebrating his bicentennial in 2010) and the extroverted, experimental Richard Strauss.  Maestro Gittleman will explore the two composers’ unique musical voices through iconic works from each: Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”), and Strauss’s tone poem Death and Transfiguration.  
Tickets for the March 12 concert range from $12 - $39 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at  

On-line listening guides for the program and a podcast created by Neal Gittleman specifically for this concert are also available at the Philharmonic’s website, 

The Series Media Sponsors of the DPO’s 09-10 Classical Connections series are Dayton City Paper, ThinkTV, and WDPR Classical 88.1.

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


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               

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars, to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


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