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DPO PRESENTS PIANO MASTERPIECE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT DAYTON MASONIC CENTER

 

DAYTON, OH (March 5, 2013) – On Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in the Dayton Masonic Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman, Principal Piano Joshua Nemith and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Piano Masterpiece, the third concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season’s Symphony Sundaes Series presented by One Call Now.

So far this season, as part of a mini Beethoven Piano Concerto Festival, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has featured Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Classical Series Program No. 1) and Piano Concerto No. 2 (Classical Series Program No. 2). This Symphony Sundaes Series concert features Piano Concerto No. 3 and represents the midway point of the Beethoven Festival.

The program begins with the Overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Abduction from the Seraglio commissioned in 1782 by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II. Anyone who’s ever seen the film Amadeus doubtless remembers the Emperor’s brilliant critique of a rehearsal of the opera: "Too many notes.” Art does imitate life. This overture is a great precursor to the Dayton Opera’s upcoming production of The Marriage of Figaro, which Mozart wrote in 1786. (The opera will be performed April 5 and 7 at the Schuster Center.)

The Piano Concerto No. 3 written by Bonn, Germany’s hometown hero Ludwig van Beethoven will be performed by Dayton hometown hero DPO Principal Piano Joshua Nemith. Much like a sonata, the first movement is powerful and self-assured with energetic, manly harmonic effects. The second debuts a more relaxed, meditative theme and the third a blissful theme. It’s classic Beethoven: ingeniously creative, wide-ranging, vibrant, tumultuous, powerful, taut and spacious, tense and mysterious, languorous and fiery.
 
Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 concludes the program. The eighth of the twelve works called London Symphonies, it also is known by the nickname Military Symphony because its second movement is rife with trumpet fanfares and percussion sound effects.

Symphony Sundaes is a unique concert concept. Featuring an entirely different and more intimate feel, Symphony Sundaes concerts are a shorter, more manageable length of family-friendly classics with no intermission. An ice cream social --provided by Graeter's – allows attendees to meet and greet DPO musicians after the concerts. Concerts are performed in the elegant Scottish Rite Cathedral at the Dayton Masonic Center. Free parking, too!

Tickets range from $14 to $24 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 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 Performing Arts Alliance also 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.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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