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DPO Focuses on Opera Composer's Works in Anticipation of Dayton Opera's "Tosca" Production


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Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
cduritsch@daytonperformingarts.org

DAYTON, OH (October 23, 2013) –On Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m., DPO Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman presents Giacomo Puccini and His Great Tosca, the second concert in the Demirjian Classical Connection Series. In the unique Classical Connections format, Puccini’s work is discussed in the first-half and followed by a second-half performance.

Mention Giacomo Puccini, and opera comes to mind; it was his forte. You won’t find all that many instrumental works bearing his name, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t excel at those as well. His melancholy, unforgettably wonderful string piece Chrysanthemums is an excellent example of his skill in the art. He originally wrote the piece for a string quartet, but over the years many string orchestras have adopted it as well.

Tosca Stage Director David Roth and soloists from the Dayton Opera production join DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman for this Connections concert. Dayton Opera will present Puccini’s opera Tosca at the Schuster Center on November 22 and 24.

The setting of Tosca is Rome in 1800. Under the control of the King of Naples, Rome lives under the threat of invasion by Napoleon. The characters include singer Floria Tosca, painter Mario Cavaradossi, chief of police Baron Scarpia, former Consul of the Roman Republic Cesare Angelotti, a sacristan, police agent Spoletta, gendarme Sciarrone, a jailer, a shepherd boy, and a chorus of soldiers, police agents, altar boys, noble men and women, townsfolk and artisans. The opera is rife with suicide, torture, murder and some of Puccini's finest music.

Women in Business Networking (WiBN) is the Supporting Sponsor of Giacomo Puccini and His Great Tosca and will hold a networking event at 7 p.m. prior to the performance for members. Crowne Plaza Dayton is the Associate Performance Sponsor.

Tickets for Giacomo Puccini and His Great Tosca are $9 to $39 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts are 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 proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  

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