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Dayton Philharmonic, Ballet, and Vocalists Perform at Carillon Park for Dayton Heritage Day, May 27

Memorial Weekend Performance

CARILLON PARK
7:00 pm Sunday, May 27, 2018
(park opens at 11:00 am)


 

Admission: $8 for Adults | $7 for Seniors | $5 for Children aged 3–17
FREE for Dayton History Members and Children under 3
FREE PARKING

NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR THE PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE RAIN DATE MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
DAYTON BALLET
FELITA LaROCK guest vocalist
ROBERT TAFT guest narrator
NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor

PROGRAM

SMITH-CUSTER "The Star-Spangled Banner"       
GOULD "American Salute"  
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Waltz     
WARD "America the Beautiful" (with Ms. LaRock)  
TICHELI An American Elegy 
COPLAND A Lincoln Portrait (with Mr. Taft) 
SOUSA "Hail to the Spirit of Liberty"        
RODGERS-SIMONE "Little Girl Blue" (with Ms. LaRock and Dayton Ballet)       
ANDERSON Bugler's Holiday (with Dayton Ballet)
GREENWOOD-WISE "God Bless the USA" (with Ms. LaRock)
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
LOWDEN Armed Forces Salute
SOUSA "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

HERITAGE DAY ACTIVITIES

Explore historical buildings and participate in activities and hands-on demonstrations—fun for all ages! 
Enjoy carousel and train rides for $1 each
Live entertainment throughout the day, leading up to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Americana-style food and beverages for sale
Play baseball with the Clodbusters (vintage baseball team)


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Celebrated Boston Pops Maestro Arthur Fiedler Left a Legacy of Gorgeous Music

Fiedler's Favorites
Dayton Philharmonic | SuperPops Series

SCHUSTER CENTER
8:00 pm Friday, June 1, 2018
8:00 pm Saturday, June 2, 2018


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NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Pops orchestras throughout the country have one very influential person to thank: Arthur Fiedler.

The Boston Pops has often been called “America’s Orchestra”; perhaps this makes Arthur Fiedler “America’s Conductor.” It is certainly true that Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra are considered the standard by which all other Pops orchestras are measured.

Fiedler spent nearly five decades (1930–1979) leading the Boston Pops. As a conductor, he wished for good music to be shared and heard by all and thus started the Esplanade Concerts, a free outdoor summer concert series. He believed that if libraries could provide literature for free, then there should be a place for musical literature to be enjoyed for free.

katz_fiedlerThese concerts led to Boston’s famous Fourth of July concert that still exists today.

Fiedler's combination of musicianship and showmanship made him one of the best-known Maestros in the world and the Boston Pops one of the best-known orchestras in the United States. He consequently conducted many other orchestras, including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973!

RIGHT: "To Paul Katz with all good wishes. I so enjoyed working with your fine Orchestra. Very Cordially, Arthur Fiedler, May 21, 1973"

On January 10, 1977, Fiedler was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Gerald Ford. He died on July 10, 1979, and it took the great John Williams to fill his shoes as the orchestra's nineteenth director.

Come celebrate the life and work of this gentle conductor with the DPO’s performance of some of Fiedler’s favorite musical lollipops, including “Jalousie,” “Moon River,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” and, of course, “Stars and Stripes Forever.”


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Compositions for Strings that Span Four Centuries and Diverse Styles in DAI's Intimate Theatre

Serenades for Strings
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians | Chamber Series

DAYTON ART INSTITUTE
Mimi and Stuart Rose Auditotium
3:00 pm Sunday, June 3, 2018
General Admission Seating

Pre-performance talk at 2:30 pm with Larry Coressel

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BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
HONSTEIN Night Scenes from the Ospedale
VIVALDI Sinfonia, RV 169
VIVALDI Concerto for Four Violins, RV 580
DVOŘÁK Serenade, op. 22

DPO INSTRUMENTALISTS  | NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor

Everyone knows the cliche of the lovelorn gentleman playing guitar and singing under a balcony at twilight. Above, a light flickers on and the silhouette of his hoped-for inamorata appears in the window. The stage is set for love. The serenade started as this sort of casual music serving to express love or some kind of heartfelt tribute and to be performed in the early evening. Over the years it has grown to encompass a spectrum of forms. We will get a view into the evolution of the serenade on the June season finale Chamber concert.

The Brandenburg Concerti, among Bach’s most widely-loved music, is represented here with the third concerto of the suite. It was written for 11 instruments (three violin, three viola, three cello, one bass, one harpsichord) and that is the way that the DPO will be perform the piece on this program. Bach’s intent was for the harpsichordist, presumably Johann himself, to improvise a harpsichord cadenza to bridge from the end of the first movement to the beginning of the finale. Our own Alan Kimbrough will take Johann's place performing a cadenza of his choosing.

Then modern composer Robert Honstein creates a rather cinematic tribute to Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. His Night Scenes from the Ospedale refers to the Venetian hospital/school/convent where Vivaldi created many of his famous concertos to be performed by the girls of the Ospedale’s school. Honstein creates atmospheric episodes that are designed to be performed between Vivaldi's concertos. Honstein leaves it up to the conductors and the orchestras who perform his work to choose which Vivaldi works to place between his movements in Night Scenes. Maestro Gittleman has selected a short String Sinfonia and the famous Concerto for Four Violins and String Orchestra. DPO violinists Aurelian Oprea, William Manley, Katherine Ballester, and Nick Naegele will play the four solo parts. Honstein’s five movements–Barcarolle, Lament, Nocturne, Whispers, and Before Dawn–employ many unusual string techniques to generate eerie and beautiful effects.

The afternoon closes with one of the gems of the 19th-century string repertoire: Dvořák’s String Serenade. It is a beautiful, tuneful piece that reflects Dvořák’s famously optimistic mindset.


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Pianist Martinez Brings the Jazz Age to the Stage with Gershwin's Influential and Exciting Piano Concerto in F

Martinez Plays Gershwin
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra | Masterworks Series

SCHUSTER CENTER
8:00 pm Friday, June 8, 2018
8:00 pm Saturday, June 9, 2018

7:00 pm Take Note pre-concert talk with Eric Street


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BERNSTEIN Facsimile
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4  

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
GABRIELA MARTINEZ piano
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

The grand finale concert of The Great Ones Masterworks season features two distinct voices in 20th-century American music and also harkens back to a strong voice from the 19th century.

We begin with Facsimile: A Choreographic Essay, which Leonard Bernstein composed for a ballet choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Bernstein was a beloved and internationally famous conductor—the first American-born conductor of the New York Philharmonic—but he was also known as a successful communicator and collaborator. His collaboration with Robbins here yielded a masterpiece of dance
and music!

George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F is the centerpiece of this program. The composer premiered it himself at Carnegie Hall in 1925. Building on the momentum of his breakthrough Rhapsody in Blue, premiered a year earlier, the piano concerto is more formally cohesive yet still retains the jazz influence. It's the most frequently performed concerto of all American-composed concertos. Bernstein once said of Gershwin, “I don’t think there has been such an inspired melodist on this Earth since Tchaikovsky.”

Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote his Symphony No. 4 during an emotionally tumultuous time in his life. He was in the process of marrying and then separating from his wife (all in the span of two months). The feelings and drama within his life certainly informed his work; the intensely emotional music is certainly among his most personal. In fact, as Tchaikovsky himself stated, the piece seemed an “emotional diary in music.” He has layered the symphony with fate as a theme, at times conveying helplessness but not without hope.

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