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DPO Symphony Sundaes Presents Mozart & Beethoven, with Music That Ranges from the Almost Forbidden to the Most Familiar

 

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DAYTON, OH (February 25, 2014) – On Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in the Scottish Rite Cathedral at the Dayton Masonic Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Concert Mozart & Beethoven, with guest pianist Zsolt Bognár.  This series is sponsored by One Call Now.

When Mozart sat down to write his comic opera score The Marriage of Figaro* in 1786, he must have been concerned that, regardless what he titled the work, the Viennese powers-that-then-were considered it wanton, sinful, and sexually unconstrained, originally based as it had been on a French stage comedy. So, the words were the problem. Well, Mozart and his librettist went back to the drawing board, and – with a rewritten libretto that the authorities would approve – went on to great success. The music had never been the problem. After all, Mozart wrote it…

A busy year for Mozart, 1786 also saw the Viennese premiere of his most comprehensively scored Piano Concerto, the No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. The concerto has earned accolades as the one with the most effective, coordinated combination of all the separate musical elements and, as such, one of his greatest compositions, impressing and inspiring the likes of Beethoven and Richard Strauss. Hailed by the European press for his “overwhelmingly visceral” playing and a “phenomenal sound world realized through maximum palette,” guest pianist Zsolt Bognár will perform the Mozart Concerto.

If you’ve got a pulse, chances are better than even that you’ve heard Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor**, or – at the very least – the first four notes of the opening movement. And you wouldn’t necessarily have had to be in a concert hall to have heard it. You may have heard it in…Popular Music:   A Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy, 1976), Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry (1956);  Film: Fight Club (1999), Howard's End (1992), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), Saturday Night Fever (1977), The Breakfast Club (1985), The Longest Day (1962). And the list goes on. But the greatest thing about Beethoven 5 is the fantastic range of emotions listening to it evokes. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the feeling. 

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; instead there's a relaxed "ice-cream social" sponsored by Graeter's, where you can 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 Neal often says of Symphony Sundaes, “It’s The Three Bs – Bach, Beethoven… and Black Raspberry.”

The final Symphony Sundaes performance of the DPAA is Mozart and the Romantics on Sunday, April 13.

Tickets for Mozart & Beethoven 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.

*The Overture is ranked No. 86 in Discover Classical WDPR/WDPG’s 2013 Top I00 List of Classical Favorites.

** Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 is ranked No. 5 in Discover Classical WDPR/WDPG’s 2013 Top I00 List of Classical Favorites.

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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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