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“Classical Connections” concert features storytelling, musical examples

DAYTON OH (September 9, 2010) - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010-2011 Demirjian Classical Connections series begins with a program titled Beethoven: The Fidelio Overtures on Friday, September 24, 2010, at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   

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

In the September 24 program, Neal and the orchestra will explore the four different overtures Ludwig van Beethoven composed for Fidelio, his only opera.  The performances will look forward to January’s presentation of Fidelio by Dayton Opera, and the tenor who will sing the leading role of Florestan in that production, Jeffrey Springer, will be on hand September 24 to perform one of the opera’s best-known arias.  Concertgoers are invited to stay after the concert for a lively Q&A with Neal in the Mead Theatre.

Tickets for the September 24 concert range from $13 - $39 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2010-2011 Classical Connections Series is sponsored by Dr. Charles and Patricia Demirjian.  The Classical Connections season partner is Orion Organics.   


About Jeffrey Springer
Dramatic tenor Jeffrey Springer has performed to popular acclaim across Europe and North America in theaters such as the Chicago Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Cincinnati Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Manitoba Opera, as well as the German National Theater in Mannheim, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, and Magdeburg in Germany, National Touring Opera of the Netherlands, Opéra de Nantes in France, and Spain's Teatro de Navarra, among many others.

On the concert stage, Mr. Springer has appeared with leading orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, The Grand Teton's Music Festival, Kentucky Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Philharmonia Hungaria and Romanian State Symphony. Most recently he performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Japan with the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, Germany, and in the United States with the Milwaukee, Nashville, Indianapolis, and Green Bay Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed the Verdi Requiem with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Orchestra and a solo concert of Wagner Arias with the Houston Symphony and Chorus.

Mr. Springer was honored as being one of this generation’s Emerging Wagner Artists by the famous duo, Thomas Stewart and Evelyn Lear, and the Washington DC Wagner Society. In addition, he is the winner of the Concours International de Chant de Festival Atlantique in Nantes, France, the José Carreras Prize in Pamplona, Spain, and the Third Prize in the Concours International de Chant in Toulouse, France. He is also a grant recipient from the New York City Wagner Society and from the prestigious Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York.

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. The 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.

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