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New Season Features Powerful Personalities, Real-life and Legendary
Led by the DPAA's Artistic Directors, the Excite Season features distinctive performing artists from the world over, music from creative paragons ranging from Mozart to Sinatra to Queen, and even works inspired by historical or fabled figures such as Scheherazade, Indiana Jones, Dracula, Alexander Nevsky, Carmen, Darth Vader and more. It is a season packed with potent personas.
Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke transports the audience to fog-shrouded Transylvania and expands the vista from there. The resulting world premiere, Dracula: Bloodlines, is truly a fantastical, groundbreaking experience.
Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston has prepared a season that traverses a wide range of ravishing music and high drama. Following the Season Opening Spectacular, Vive la France!, three more productions also demonstrate that irrepressible “Bankston magic.”
Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman always seeks thematic threads that serve to weave a season together at a profound aesthetic level. Classical works that run the gamut from masterworks to chamber to family fare, popular music with acclaimed vocalists and big hits, rock with orchestra . . . there is something here for every arts fan.
Vive la France!
Season Opening Spectacular
8:00 pm Saturday, September 17, 2016
Box Office (888) 228-3630
A DPAA SIGNATURE EVENT
Featuring Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera Chorus and DPO Chorus
LAYNA CHIANAKIS mezzo-soprano
JONATHAN BURTON tenor
WAYNE TIGGES bass-baritone
Dayton Opera kicks off the new season with a spectacular that pays homage to the artistic heritage of France. The powerful forces of all three art forms will honor the great French composers who have written some of the most exquisite music ever.
Vocalists from Dayton Opera perform excerpts from magnificent French operatic works such as Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah and Gounod’s Faust.
Dayton Philharmonic electrifies the audience with orchestral excerpts from the most beloved French composers, including Berlioz, Massenet, Debussy, and Ravel.
And Dayton Ballet will take the stage alongside Dayton’s finest musicians and singers to dance to the great French music that moves the soul, including a first-half finale fantastique—the famous “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah.
Don’t miss this amazing kickoff to an amazing season.
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