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DPO PRESENTS THIS SEASON’S FINAL GRAETER’S SYMPHONY SUNDAES CONCERT AT DAYTON MASONIC CENTER

 

DAYTON, OH (April 3, 2013) – On Sunday, April 28, at 3 pm in the Dayton Masonic Center, Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Classical Collage, the fourth and final concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series presented by One Call Now.

A veritable musical kaleidoscope featuring the works of four of classical music’s greats comprise this series’ season finale. Ludwig van Beethoven's King Stephen Overture, a commissioned tribute to King Stephen I, founder of Hungary, starts the program. This piece provides a glimpse into how the composer’s mind worked. The overture is basically a sequencing of calls and martial themes: trumpet, horn, bassoon and string calls start things off, followed by a march theme, which more calls interrupt followed by a martial theme. A second theme takes over, and it’s the glimpse into Beethoven’s mind mentioned previously, for it is actually the first phrase of the chorus that appears in the finale of his Ninth Symphony. The march theme reprises, and an emotionally arousing Coda wraps it up.

The spotlight’s on DPO violists Mark Reis and Scott Schilling in the performance of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Concerto for Two Violas. Here’s a work by a composer that “ate his own cooking.” Most composers, musicians, and concertgoers of the time (especially those who were German) weren’t all that crazy about the viola; they considered it an English instrument and, thus, not very de rigueur. A player of the viola himself, Telemann wrote music for the instrument. Ask anyone who plays a viola or takes viola lessons, and they know Telemann's viola concertos very well, in spite of the fact that they don’t get much play from classical orchestras, except – of course – your DPO.

DPO violinist Tom Fetherston joins his wife DPO cellist Mary Davis Fetherston in the performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin & Cello, alla inglese (in the manner of the English). While Vivaldi’s better-known works receive wide play, especially his Four Seasons, this particular one is a rare treat both for the DPO and for the audience. And it goes to prove that Italians could appreciate English music even if Germans sometimes turned a deaf ear.

The program, and the series, concludes with Peter Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4. It has been called the 'Tragic' Symphony because its first movement bespeaks a feeling of grief and unprotested acceptance. But that feeling doesn’t last long. All in all it is a spellbinding piece worthy to wrap up another enjoyable season of Symphonies on Sundays with Sundaes.

Symphony Sundaes is a unique concert concept featuring a more intimate feel, family-friendly classics and 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!

As DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman often says of Symphony Sundaes, “It’s The Three Bs – Bach, Beethoven and Black Raspberry.”

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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