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Upon Discovering America, He Found New Depths of Feeling Within Himself

Dvořák’s Discovery
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra | Classical Connections

3:00 pm Sunday, February 7, 2016


P $41 | A $37 | B $30 | C $21 | D $14  

DVOŘÁK  Slavonic Dance Op. 48 No. 3
DVOŘÁK  Symphony No. 9 in E minor (From the New World)

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor, presenter

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The unique Classical Connections format features musical examples and explanation by DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman followed by a performance on the second half of an entire composition. Directly following is a casual Q&A with Neal plus an Ice Cream Social with a free scoop of Graeter's.

With this program, Neal takes you into the mind of Antonín Dvořák, celebrating the Bohemian composer's legacy. Dvořák's recognition arose during the tide of nationalism that swept over his native land in the latter half of the 20th century. Echoing German Romanticism and Wagner in his earlier works, Dvořák, was an outstanding orchestrator who was particularly respected for writing from the heart with impressive brevity, composing pieces in mere weeks that might take others months or years to complete.

In his writing, full of intriguing inner parts and countermelodies, he showed a special fondness for woodwinds (oboes in thirds, clarinets in sixths), as opposed to the mixtures that were typical of Germanic music in his day. He puts all his skill plus inspiration from his American experiences into his "New World" symphony.


The 2016-2017 Excite Season to Feature Thrilling Collaborations, Iconic Favorites, World Premieres & Great Guest Artists

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“I’m always happy when we announce the coming season’s programs and repertoire,” observes DPAA President and CEO Paul Helfrich.

“It’s the culmination of an intensive and complex planning process that begins well over a year in advance. It’s a thrill to unveil the results and to start getting excited about the coming season—so much so that we’ve chosen Excite as our theme for the year! The 2016–2017 season builds on four years of working together as an Alliance and celebrates our unique-in-the-nation collaboration in bringing exciting, innovative works to the stage.

From Dracula to Carmen, from Mozart to Mahler, from Billy Joel to John Williams, the new season offers something for everyone. We hope you will join us!

Vive la France! Available now to Season Subscribers
One Night Only Event Sure to Sell Out Early

The excitement kicks off on September 17, 2016 at the Schuster Center with a powerful Season Opening Spectacular entitled Vive la France! All three art forms—Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic, along with DPAA’s combined choral forces—come together to present a kaleidoscopic view of the French classical arts, all on one unforgettable evening!

This event is on the Opera Series but any 2016-2017 subscriber may order seats to any of the Excite Signature Events.


Valentine's Week Brings Powerful Ballet Program with Four Diverse Works

February Fantasy
Dayton Ballet

7:30 pm Thursday, February 11, 2016 with Pizza Prelude 7:00 pm
8:00 pm Friday, February 12, 2016
8:00 pm Saturday, February 13, 2016
3:00 pm Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pre-performance Talk, 45 minutes prior to each performance


A $72 | B $54 | C $38 | D $21

GERALD ARPINO choreographer – Confetti     
SEPTIME WEBRE choreographer – Fluctuating Hemlines   
MELISSA BARAK choreographer – Tonal Interceptions    
KAREN RUSSO BURKE choreographer – No Strings Attached

Confetti is a fun classical ballet choreographed by the late Gerald Arpino, co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet. Three couples dressed in classic dance attire take the stage in a quintessential ballet, punctuated by big leaps and powered by exquisite partnering.

Fluctuating Hemlines returns after a the historic 2013 run on the program Celebration! honoring Dayton Ballet’s 75th season. Choreographed by Septime Webre, it is an edgy ballet that explores facades erected by individuals designed to conceal what they wish others not see.  

Then, Dayton Ballet proudly presents two world-premiere ballets. This first is an original ballet by the engaging Melissa Barak, choreographer and former critically acclaimed dancer with New York City Ballet. Finally, the spotlight shines on Karen Russo Burke as she premieres a brand-new ballet, choreographed with each dancer’s individual strengths in mind. Karen’s extensive experience on stage gives her the perfect perspective to create a new work of art that allows each of her dancers the opportunity to truly shine.

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APRIL 1 & 2 ~ Ballet and Orchestra come together for major production of Romeo and Juliet.
With the DPO providing Prokofiev's breathtaking music, Dayton Ballet tells the story of the star-crossed lovers whose well-known story echoes through the ages. Our excellent dancers bring the story to life, complete with spectacular partnering, outstanding solos, masterful sword-fighting, stunning costumes, and masterful stagecraft. This production is on both the Classical and Ballet series. Tickets online here.


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