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Final program in 10-11 Symphony Sundaes series features Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3 and Associate Concertmaster Aurelian Oprea in Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 1


DAYTON, OH (April 14, 2011) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series will have its final performance of the 2010-2011 season on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Scottish Rite Auditorium of the Dayton Masonic Center. Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.

The May 1 concert will feature the cheerful, good-natured Symphony No. 3 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Also on the program: Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Major with soloist Aurelian Oprea, Associate Concertmaster of the DPO, and Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture.

The Symphony Sundaes concerts are a new, family-friendly series for classical music fans in the Dayton area. With individual concert tickets starting at $14, the series brings the DPO and outstanding soloists to the intimate space of the Scottish Rite Auditorium at the Masonic Center to perform works from the great classical masters. The programs are performed without intermission and last about 85 minutes each.

There’s plenty of free parking available, and each concert is followed by an ice cream social with the musicians, featuring a complimentary scoop of ice cream for each concertgoer from series sponsor Graeter’s. The Symphony Sundaes Series has had a great response and will expand to four concerts for the 2011-2012 season.

Single Tickets for the concert of May 1 range from $14 to $24 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at


About Aurelian Oprea
Born in Cluj-Napoca, the cultural capital of the Transylvania region of Romania, Aurelian grew up in a musical family. His parents and grandfather were string players in the Romanian National Opera House Orchestra, and his grandmother was the prima ballerina of the Opera’s ballet corps.

Aurelian started playing the violin in the first grade, when his parents enrolled him in the city’s music school. He graduated in 1995, with a Baccalaureate degree in violin performance. As a student, he served the music school orchestra’s concertmaster and frequently played as a guest soloist with several Romanian orchestras. In Romania, Aurelian studied with Stefan Ruha, violin soloist and prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky and Thibaud competitions.

In the United States, Aurelian was concertmaster of the Chautauqua Institution Youth Orchestra (NY) in 1993 and 1994 and of the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival Orchestra in 1997. He was also the winner of the Chautauqua Institution Concerto Competition and the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition. In 1999, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Bowling Green State University. While in Bowling Green, Aurelian studied with Vasile Beluska.

Aurelian won his first professional audition at the age of 20, becoming the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra in Detroit. He held that position until 2000, when he became the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster and, later, Associate Concertmaster.

Aurelian speaks Romanian, Hungarian, and English. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Alison (a violist and orchestra teacher) and his daughter, Hannah.


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.

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