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DPO Presents Mozart’s Legacy; Concertmaster Jessica Hung Performs Mozart’s First Violin Concerto

 

CONTACT: Angela Whitehead
Interim Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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DAYTON, OH (March 10, 2014) – On Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Premier Health Classical Series Concert Mozart’s Legacy, featuring DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung

When he was only twenty-two years old, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297/300a. He had written his first three pieces - KVs 1a, 1b and 1c – when he was only four years old!  That’s an average of 1.72 symphonies composed each year, and that doesn’t include all the other musical works he composed.  Yet with 30 symphonies to his credit, Mozart was looking for work in Paris and wrote his 31st because no one would hire him and he had some time on his hands! Three things about this symphony stand out: it had no Minuet, as did other symphonies of that period; Mozart scored it for many instruments, also unusual to the period; and it was the first of his symphonies to use clarinets.

Five years earlier, a teenage Mozart had written his first violin concerto, the aptly titled Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207. In it we see Mozart’s youthful, fun-loving exuberant brashness displayed in a more or less standard three-movement structure with fast- slow- fast tempos and illustrious short sections that show off the musicians’ skills. DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung will perform the violin concerto and exhibit her tremendous talent and skill as Mozart would have wanted.

Perhaps Richard Strauss had the personality of Mozart, his favorite composer, in mind when he composed Don Quixote, Op. 35 for cello, viola, and large orchestra in 1897—especially Mozart’s sense of playfulness. Strauss based the work on Miguel de Cervantes’s book Don Quixote de la Mancha, but doubtless with Mozart in mind, he wrote the score as a form of instrumental opera. Instruments take the part of the story’s major characters: a solo cello is Don Quixote, and a solo viola, tenor tuba, and bass clarinet portray his not-so-trusty sidekick Sancho Panza.  Although without a narrator, the piece nonetheless manages to foreshadow Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf—written almost 40 years later—in its use of musical instruments as actors. DPO Principal Cello Andra Padrichelli and DPO Principal Viola Sheridan Currie will perform Don Quixote.

On both concert evenings at 7 p.m. in the Mead Theatre, Dr. R. Alan Kimbrough, Professor of English, University of Dayton, will conduct a Take Note pre-concert discussion.  Take Note is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.  

Tickets for Friday’s and Saturday’s classical concerts are $9 to $59 and are available at Ticket Center Stage, (937) 228-3630 and at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the 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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