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DAYTON PHILHARMONIC TO SHOWCASE “PROMETHEAN EXPLOITS”

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel solos in new work by American composer William Bolcom

 

DAYTON OH (November 4, 2011) - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2011-2012 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series will continue with programs titled Promethean Exploits  on Friday and Saturday, November 18 & 19, 2011, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.

The story of Prometheus, the Titan of Greek myth who stole fire from the gods in order to enlighten mankind, was of particular interest to composers of the Romantic era.  The November 18 & 19 programs will feature three works inspired by the Prometheus theme: Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Liszt’s Prometheus: Symphonic Poem, and a new work titled Prometheus by American composer William Bolcom, for piano, orchestra, and chorus.  Pianist Jeffrey Biegel will be the soloist for the Bolcom work, which will also feature the voices of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Hank Dahlman.   Also on the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major.   

The DPO’s 11-12 season Classical Series features fascinating composers, performers and cultural icons. Acclaimed guest artists like Jeffrey Biegel and William Wolfram will join the DPO’s own fantastic talents Jessica Hung, Alan Siebert and Robyn Costa to form a starry lineup of soloists. Some not-to-be-missed performances include Stella Sung's musical tribute to Norman Rockwell (January 6 & 7, 2012), Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (March 1 & 3, 2012), and Mahler's magnificent Symphony No. 2, Resurrection (May 11 & 12, 2012).

Tickets for the concerts of November 18 & 19 range from $9 - $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2011-2012 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals.  Jeffrey Biegel performs on Friday, November 18 as the 2011-2012 season Bill & Dianne Schneider Endowed Guest Artist and on Saturday, November 19 as the 2011-2012 season Louis S. Cantor, Rose Sorokin Cantor, Samuel L. Cantor, and Lena Cantor Endowed Guest Artist

This program will be broadcast on “Live and Local” on the DPO’s Season Media Partner, Classical WDPR 88.1 and WDPG 89.9 FM, on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 10 a.m.


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About Jeffrey Biegel
Jeffrey Biegel is one of today's most revered artists having created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch has received critical acclaim and garners praise worldwide. Known for his standard-setting performances of the standard repertoire, Mr. Biegel's performances to begin the 2011-12 season includes his adaptation of pop legend Neil Sedaka's 'Manhattan Intermezzo' for piano and orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, and the World Premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Shadows' for piano and orchestra, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra leading the consortium project with several orchestras. His recent recordings include 'A Steinway Christmas Album' and, 'Bach On A Steinway' for the Steinway label, Leroy Anderson's 'Concerto in C', conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium Fantasy' and 'Peanuts Gallery', a solo cd of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' for Naxos, 'Classical Carols' for Koch and the Complete Sonatas by Mozart on the E1 label. In 2010, he performed two world premieres with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl St. Clair: Richard Danielpour's 'Mirrors for Piano and Orchestra', and, William Bolcom's 'Prometheus for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus'. Mr. Biegel's 'Hanukah Fantasy' for SATB/piano, is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, along with Lucas Richman's orchestral arrangement with choir, published by the LeDor Group. Mr. Biegel has also created Trio21, being joined with violinist Kinga Augustyn and cellist Robert deMaine. For their inaugural season 2011-12, they will perform a new work commissioned exclusively for Trio21 by the celebrated composer, Kenneth Fuchs and record the new composition for an all-Kenneth Fuchs project for the Naxos label.

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.

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