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Works by Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Liszt, Rossini, Bartok, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bernstein, Bruch, Shostakovich, Mahler 

BALLET
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Season Opening Spectacular, Dracula: Bloodlines, The Nutcracker, Perspectives, Sleeping Beauty 

OPERA
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Season Opening Spectacular, Rigoletto, The Pirates of Penzance, Star Recital, Salome
 

SUPERPOPS
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Hits of Lerner & Loewe, Hometown Holiday, Cirque Musica: Crescendo, Celtic Spirit with Eileen Ivers, Best of John Williams II, Hello Louis! with Byron Stripling
 

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Jefferson Starship, The Last Waltz, The Magic of Motown, A Salute to The Eagles, Top Twenty Rock Hits, Sgt. Pepper's Complete
 

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Bruch and Mussorgsky, Bernstein and Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Sgt. Pepper's Classical Connections Edition, Mahler Symphony No. 1 
 

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String Quartet Gems, Star Recital, Concertmaster's Choice, Wildcard

 
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PhilharMonster, Nutcracker Matinee, The Pirates of Penzance, Bach to the Future

 
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All Three Alliance Art Forms Come Together to Present a Fresh Vision of Beethoven's Sublime Art

Beethoven's Ninth: Season Opening Spectacular
Signature Event

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

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WORKS BY LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Egmont Overture
"Ah! perfido"
Christ on the Mount of Olives Hallelujah Chorus
(intermission)
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, opus 125


DAYTON OPERA | THOMAS BANKSTON
artistic director, event producing director  
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC | NEAL GITTLEMAN
artistic director, conductor
DAYTON BALLET | KAREN RUSSO BURKE
artistic director, choreographer
DAYTON OPERA CHORUS | JEFFREY POWELL chorus master
DPO CHORUS | HANK DAHLMAN director


What better way to launch the 2018–2019 Vistas Season than with a 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 that draws from the advantages of all three art forms. 

The program opens with one of Beethoven’s most dramatic overtures, Egmont. Next, a top opera soprano 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: the finale from Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives. The text captures the thoughts of the Messiah in the garden of Gethsemane as he makes peace with his impending crucifixion.

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's Ninth as you’ve never seen or heard it. Innovative stagecraft, dance, chorus, and soloists who convey deep emotion as opera performers all come together for an explosion of impressions, sounds, motion and sight, impelling Beethoven’s vision to a new sphere. Join us for this dramatic arts season kickoff.


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Pictures at an Exhibition: Just One of the Otherworldly, Romantic, Exotic Works Set to Open the Masterworks Season

Pictures at an Exhibition
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra | Masterworks Series

SCHUSTER CENTER
8:00 pm Friday, September 28, 2018 
8:00 pm Saturday, September 29, 2018
Take Note pre-concert talk at 7:00

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DEBUSSY-MOLINARI
L'isle joyeuse
BRUCH
Violin Concerto No. 1
MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition


YEVGENY KUTIK violin
NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor

Rich with romance and orchestral color, this program illustrates the power of music to create elaborate visions in the mind and deep feelings in the heart. Two of the works on this program started as solo piano pieces.

The first example is Debussy's piano piece L’isle joyeuse (The Joyful Island), which was initially inspired by Antoine Watteau's painting L’Embarquement de Cythère, depicting a group of revelers as they depart for the mythical island of Cythera, birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love. The music also came to symbolize the Channel Island of Jersey, off the coast of Normandy, where Debussy escaped with Emma Bardac, who became his second wife. 

Soloist Yevgeny Kutik joins the Orchestra next for a veritable musical declaration of the romantic soul: Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. The pinnacle of his composing career, Bruch's concerto is a marvel of craft employing great clarity of design, romantic sonority, and graceful melody. The result is a piece of music that cannot fail to move the heart.

The death of Russian architect and painter Viktor Hartmann in 1874 triggered a chain of events that led to the creation of one of the most beloved compositions in the whole of classical literature, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Composer Modest Mussorgsky and Hartmann were dear friends, and the composer's grief led him and his associate, Vladimir Stasoff, to mount a memorial exhibition of Hartmann's work. This energized Mussorgsky, who fell to work feverishly creating a piano suite depicting the paintings. The flow of the musical narrative follows a walk through a gallery as we "see" an exhibition of ten paintings. The paintings are interspersed here and there with a "promenade" theme that moves us along.

Our story then turns to Boston in 1922 and its accomplished Orchestra. Its maestro, Serge Koussevitzky, commissioned the famous French composer Maurice Ravel to orchestrate Mussorgsky's piano suite. It was a perfect match; Mussorgsky provided the impetus, and Ravel's agile mind and keen orchestral knowledge brought an explosion of color, contrast and dramatic dynamics to the picture.


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"An old-fashioned rhapsodic style, which was magnified by his rich, sweet tone." - New York Times

Bruch and Mussorgsky
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra | Sundae Classics

SCHUSTER CENTER
3:00 pm Sunday, September 30, 2018
Graeter's Ice Cream Social and Q&A follows concert

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BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition

YEVGENY KUTIK violin
NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor

The afternoon opens with a veritable musical declaration of the romantic soul: Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. The pinnacle of his composing career, Bruch's concerto is a marvel of craft employing great clarity of design, romantic sonority, and graceful melody. The result is a piece of music that cannot fail to move the heart.

Soloist Yevgeny Kutik joins the Dayton Philharmonic for this beautiful work. Hailed for his dazzling command of the violin and its repertoire, as well as a communicative immediacy that harkens back to the legendary Romantic masters, Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has become a highly sought-after artist on the concert stage worldwide. The New York Times, among others, have sung Kutik's praises.

Maestro Gittleman and the DPO then turn to Mussorgsky's heartfelt Pictures at an Exhibition. The death of Russian architect and painter Viktor Hartmann in 1874 triggered a chain of events that led to the creation of this masterpiece, one of the most beloved compositions in the whole of classical literature.

Composer Modest Mussorgsky and Hartmann were dear friends, and the composer's grief led him and another associate, Vladimir Stasoff, to mount a memorial exhibition of Hartmann's work. This energized Mussorgsky, who fell to work feverishly creating a piano suite depicting the paintings and honoring his departed friend. The flow of the musical narrative follows a walk through a gallery as we "see" an exhibition of ten paintings. The paintings are interspersed here and there with a "promenade" theme that moves us along.

Our story then turns to Boston in 1922 and its accomplished Orchestra. Its maestro, Serge Koussevitzky, commissioned the famous French composer Maurice Ravel to orchestrate Mussorgsky's piano suite (we will hear more about Koussevitzky later for the January Masterworks).  It was a perfect match; Mussorgsky provided the impetus, and Ravel's agile mind and keen orchestral knowledge brought an explosion of color, contrast and dramatic dynamics to the picture.  

The afternoon concludes with a casual Q&A in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, along with an Ice Cream Social with a free scoop of Graeter's.


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Sparks Fly When Acclaimed Pianist Misha Dichter Takes Center Stage for Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1

Star Power: Misha Plays Liszt
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra | Masterworks Series

SCHUSTER CENTER
8:00 pm Friday, October 12, 2018 
8:00 pm Saturday, October 13, 2018
Take Note pre-concert talk at 7:00

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BERNSTEIN Dance Episodes from On the Town 
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

MISHA DICHTER piano
NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor     

With the approach of winter, the air outside starts to take on a chill. But inside the Mead Theatre, the climate will fairly burst with warmth as we welcome music from three of the most creative musical minds of all time.

Maestro Gittleman opens the program by taking us to the streets of an idealized New York City in wartime 1944. The musical On The Town has its roots in the ballet Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins to Leonard Bernstein's score. This exuberent dance music (extracted from the original musical) captures the spirit, romance and joy of "New York, New York, what a wonderful town..."

Then we move to a work of pianistic lightning, performed by a seasoned master of his craft.

The out-and-out flamboyance of Franz Liszt's first Piano Concerto can obscure its innovative structure. When portrayed well, it seems as though the whole piece is improvised on the spot. Such is not the case. It is carefully calculated to be a dazzling exhibition of concerto dialogue as the piano confronts, battles, capitulates, and exhorts, all the while confronting the orchestra that, nonetheless, stands up to the onslaught as a willing partner. This is no delicate, polite parlor conversation; it truly emanates from the Romantic world.

Liszt was the rock star of his era, and we have a rock star of our own for this work. Misha Dichter's family fled Europe during World War II and arrived in California when he was two. Just three years later, he started piano study. Over time, Misha has virtually defined the role of piano virtuoso, playing works of wide scope from almost all the major composers and with almost every major orchestra. He has recorded with principal labels such as RCA and Philips. His recordings of the complete Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies and the Liszt Piano Concertos helped set the standard for other performers worldwide.

Johannes Brahms wrote his second symphony over the course of one summer in 1877. It is full and rich, lyrical and sunny, and features a profusion of memorable melodies. Overall, this is an evening of music that expresses the joy of place and time, the joy of expression and the joy of just being alive.

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