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Virtuoso soloist Jon Manasse to perform new work commissioned by DPO


DAYTON OH - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 09-10 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series continues with Clarinet Milestone: World Premiere on Thursday and Saturday, November 5 & 7, 2009, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   

Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct the concerts, which will be highlighted by World Premiere performances of American composer Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, with soloist Jon Manasse.   Other works on the program include Reznicek’s Overture to the opera Donna Diana and Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D Minor.     

Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra was commissioned by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, with additional support from Buffet Crampon USA, Vandoren, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Eastman School of Music, The Chappaqua Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, North State Symphony, River Concert Series at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Chesapeake Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.  

Speaking of soloist Jon Manasse, Liebermann said, “I have known Jon for many years, since our shared years as students at Juilliard. He performed and recorded my Clarinet Quintet, and I have always thought he is a fantastic player - one of the absolute best.”  

Tickets for the concerts of November 5 & 7 range from $12 - $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals.  Jon Manasse is the 2009-2010 season Louis S. Cantor, Rose Sorokin Cantor, Samuel L. Cantor and Lena Cantor Endowed Guest Artist.  The performance of Saturday evening, November 7, is the 2009-2010 season Olive W. Kettering Recognition Concert.

For photographs of Neal Gittleman or any of the DPO’s various series’ guest artists, go to:  


About Jon Manasse
Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style.

Jon Manasse’s current season is highlighted by the world premiere performances and recording of Liebermann’s Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Neal Gittleman. Subsequent performances include those with the symphony orchestras of Evansville, Juneau, Las Cruces, North State (CA), Roanoke and the University of Massachusetts. With pianist Jon Nakamatsu, he continues to tour throughout the United States as half of the acclaimed Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo.

Jon Manasse is also principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. In 2008 he was also appointed principal clarinetist and Ensemble Member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City. As one of the nation's most highly sought-after wind players, has also served as guest principal clarinetist of the New York Pops Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New Jersey, Saint Louis and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, under the batons of Gerard Schwarz, Zdenek Macal, Jerzy Semkow, Robert Craft and Hugh Wolff. For several seasons, he was also the principal clarinetist of the New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Manasse has been a guest clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic in concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev and André Previn, and, during the 2003-04 season, served as the principal clarinetist of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, performing under the batons of Artistic Director James Levine and, among others, Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Jurowski.
Jon Manasse is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with David Weber.  Since 1995, he has been Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music; in the fall of 2007 Mr. Manasse joined the faculty of his alma mater, The Juilliard School.

Jon Manasse and his duo-partner, the acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu, serve as Artistic Directors of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, an appointment announced during summer 2006.

About Lowell Liebermann
Lowell Liebermann is one of America's most frequently performed and commissioned composers. Noted by The New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an innovator,” Mr. Liebermann’s music is known both for its technical command and audience appeal. Having written over one hundred works in all genres, he has seen several of them go on to become standard repertoire for their instruments, including the Sonata for Flute and Piano, which has been recorded more than twenty times to date and Gargoyles for piano, which has been recorded fifteen times.
A highlight of Lowell Liebermann’s current season is the world premiere of his Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra, Op. 110, with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Neal Gittleman. Commissioned for Jon Manasse, subsequent performances include those with the symphony orchestras of Evansville, Juneau, Las Cruces, North State (CA), Roanoke and the University of Massachusetts.
Lowell Liebermann has written two full-length operas, both of which enjoyed enthusiastic receptions at their premieres. His first, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was the only American opera to be commissioned and premiered by L'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. His second opera, Miss Lonelyhearts, to a libretto by J.D. McClatchy after the novel by Nathanael West, was commissioned by The Juilliard School to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Among his orchestral works, Lowell Liebermann has composed two Symphonies - the second, with chorus, written for the centennial of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; a Concerto for Orchestra; three Piano Concertos; and Concertos for many other instruments. The New York Philharmonic and principal trumpet Philip Smith presented the premiere of Mr. Liebermann's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, which The Wall Street Journal described as “balancing bravura and a wealth of attractive musical ideas to create a score that invites repeated listening. [Liebermann] is a masterful orchestrator, and just from this standpoint the opening of the new concerto is immediately arresting,” also noting that the “rousing conclusion brought down the house.”

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

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