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DPO's Symphony Sundaes Series Serves Up a Three-Part Mozart Festival and Ice Cream at Dayton Masonic Center


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

DAYTON, OH (January 2, 2014) – On Sunday, January  19, at 3 p.m. at the Dayton Masonic Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Mozart and Haydn, the first of three concerts in the DPO 2013-2014 Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series presented by One Call Now.

This season’s Symphony Sundae Series might be considered a “Mini–Mozart Festival”; five of the nine works performed in the Series concerts are by Mozart.

Mozart wrote the overture for The Impresario, a German “singspiel,” or comic opera, to compete for a prize in Vienna to be awarded by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II. Mozart was up against, among others, an Italian comic opera penned by not-yet-Imperial Kapellmeister Antonio Salieri. (Sound familiar? Might make a good plot for a Broadway play or a movie.) If you are a fan of Mozart’s work, you might notice when listening to this overture that it bears a great deal of similarity in size, quality, and features to Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

Mozart scored his Sinfonia Concertante for solo violin, solo viola, two oboes, two horns, and strings. The solo viola part was originally written in D major instead of E flat major, and the instrument was tuned a half-step higher than normal to give it a more sparkling tone. This is called scordatura technique, and it and the rest of the complicated orchestral forces that Mozart employed underscore the fact that European orchestras of that era were becoming more and more competent technically. Mozart had been working with a sort of if-you-compose-it-they-will-learn-to-play-it-properly mindset, testing the limits of the sinfonia concertante idiom, and he did well; many consider this to be his best work in the musical no-man’s land between a symphony and a concerto. DPO Second Violin Kara Manteufel and DPO Principal Viola Sheridan Currie will perform the Sinfonia Concertante.

To this day, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 is better known by its nickname, The Clock, than by its number or even the fact that it was the ninth of the twelve so-called “London Symphonies." Why? Well, if you listen, you’ll hear a ticking rhythm in the second movement…like a clock. Haydn's audiences loved it. But what was not to love?—this symphony had 100 successful, well-accepted predecessors. He was not known as the “Father of the Symphony” for nothing. His prolific oeuvre of not only symphonies but also string quartets (yes, he’s also known as the “Father of the String Quartet”) is a seemingly unending trove of wonderful and often sublime musical treasures.

Symphony Sundaes is a unique concert concept. Featuring an entirely different and more intimate feel, Symphony Sundaes concerts are a shorter, more manageable presentation of family-friendly classics with no intermission; instead there's a relaxed ice-cream social after the concert sponsored by Graeter's, where you can meet and greet DPO musicians. Concerts are performed in the elegant Scottish Rite Cathedral at the Dayton Masonic Center. Free parking, too!

The remaining two Symphony Sundaes performances are Mozart & Beethoven on Sunday, March 16, and Mozart and The Romantics on Sunday, April 13.

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 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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