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“Classical Connections” concert features history, musical examples and an after-concert chat with the conductor


DAYTON OH (January 11, 2011) - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010-2011 Demirjian Classical Connections series continues with a program titled Bach: A Musical Offering on Friday, January 21, 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 January 21 program, we jump back in time to May 7, 1747 for a meeting in Potsdam between Johann Sebastian Bach and Frederick the Great. The King, in a capricious mood, challenges Bach to improvise a six-voice fugue on an insanely complex theme. Neal will show how Bach met — and exceeded — that challenge and turned the royal theme into A Musical Offering, one of his most noble, awe-inspiring creations.

Concertgoers are invited to stay after the concert for a lively Q&A with Neal in the Mead Theatre.

Tickets for the January 21 concert range from $9 - $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 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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