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Bruch and Mussorgsky

September 2018


   3:00 pm Sunday, September 30, 2018

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

NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor, presenter WEBSITE

The first piece of the afternoon is 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.

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 describes Kutik as having β€œan old-fashioned rhapsodic style, which (is) magnified by his rich, sweet tone.”

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 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.

Series Sponsor: Dr. Charles and Patricia Demirjian
Series Sponsorship Partner: Graeter's  

DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner – Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts
Bob Ross Auto Group Official Automobile Dealership of the DPO
DataYard Official Data Provider of the DPO
Marriott University of Dayton Official Hotel of the DPO
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Booz Allen Hamilton Presenting Sponsor, Military Appreciation Program 
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