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Beethoven's Ninth: Season Opening Spectacular

September 2018


   8:00 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018  
   3:00 pm Sunday, September 16, 2018  

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BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
BEETHOVEN "Ah! perfido"
BEETHOVEN Hallelujah Chorus from Christ on the Mount of Olives
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director, event producing director WEBSITE  
NEAL GITTLEMAN artistic director, conductor WEBSITE
KAREN RUSSO BURKE artistic director, choreographer WEBSITE 

What better way to launch the 2018–2019 Vistas Season than with a Season Opening Spectacular program celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental contribution to the art of music? 

Here you will experience multiple expressions of the great master’s genius: overture, song, and chorus, climaxing with a unique setting of his landmark Symphony No. 9 in D minor, a work that many regard as the very apotheosis of Western music. The Alliance is uniquely suited to present a program of expanded scope and concept, drawing as it does from the advantages of all three art forms and presented in a mode that can only be accomplished by the collaboration of orchestra, opera and ballet under a single guiding vision. 

When the program opens, the live image of the Dayton Philharmonic bursts forth on a supersized screen with the sounds of one of Beethoven’s most dramatic overtures, Egmont. Originally conceived as the opener of a musical suite written for a theatrical presentation of Goethe’s play Egmont, the overture will serve much the same purpose here, as it portends the drama to our Season Opening Spectacular program. 

Next, our soprano soloist joins the Orchestra for the central role in the heart-wrenching “Ah, perfido” (“Ah, deceiver”), a concert aria that lays our heroine’s emotions bare as she implores her lover not to depart forever. The first half then concludes with a powerful choral work from Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives. This finale of that work is a hymn of praise and thanks to the son of God, performed by the Dayton Opera and Philharmonic Choruses with the dancers of the Dayton Ballet.

If you were in the audience for last year’s Season Opening Spectacular, Verdi’s Requiem, you have some sense of what to expect next. This is Beethoven Nine as you’ve never seen or heard it. The four amazing movements of this masterwork will be enhanced with live projected imagery of the orchestra, Innovative dance, and of course the combined choruses and the four soloists who join for the famed “Ode to Joy“ finale. These forces all come together for an explosion of sounds, motion and imagery propelling Beethoven’s vision to a new sphere. 

Our three Artistic Directors—Karen Russo Burke, Thomas Bankston, and Neal Gittleman—invite you to join us for this magnificent demonstration of the power of three art forms under one roof and the continuing development of what has almost become an entirely new art form, in and of itself. 

This program is part of all three major classical subscription series: Opera, Ballet, and Masterworks Nine. If you subscribe to more than one of these series you will receive extra tickets. Feel free to use those tickets to invite friends and family, or call the box office at (888) 228-3630 to exchange the value of those tickets for other Alliance events. 

If this program is not on your subscription series, purchase your tickets when they go on sale in early summer.

Masterworks Series sponsored by Premier Health 

DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts 
One Call Now DPAA Communications Partner  
Bob Ross Auto Group Official Automobile Dealership of the Dayton Philharmonic 
Marriott University of Dayton Official Hotel of the Dayton Philharmonic 
Coco's Bistro Official Cast Party Host of the Dayton Opera 
The Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation – Orchestra Music Provider 
Opera Guild of Dayton Surtitles Provider 
Discover Classical 88.1 and 89.9 FM Masterworks Series Media Partner 

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