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Spend Sunday, January 25 with Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet in the Intimate Setting of Dayton Art Institute for a Beautiful Chamber Concert



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x 1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org

DAYTON, OH (January 9, 2015) – On Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3 pm in the Renaissance Theatre of the Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Principal String Quartet will present String Quartet Gems, the first concert in the 2014-2015 Chamber Series. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Principal String Quartet comprises Jessica Hung, Concertmaster; Kirstin Greenlaw, Principal Second Violin; Sheridan Currie, Principal Viola; and Andra Lunde Padrichelli, Principal Cello.  For this engagement, the quartet will be joined by Deborah Taylor, Principal Double Bass.  

Ludwig van Beethoven himself named his String Quartet No. 11 in F minor "Serious." Considering what was going on at the time he wrote the work in 1810–1811, his mood could not have helped embracing serious thoughts. Napoleon and his army had invaded Vienna, where Beethoven resided, and rather than leave the city as all his acquaintances had, Beethoven stayed on and suffered through the cannon barrages. The work itself is rather short by Beethoven's standards, and it appears that he wasn’t too concerned about its commercial success, having remarked that he wrote it for only a small group of “connoisseurs” with instructions that it never be performed in public. Beethoven experimented in this string quartet with musical methods that he would revisit later in his compositional life. And, luckily for us, musicians then and since have ignored his requested ban on its performance.

Indianapolis native David Baker has game. A distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman of the Jazz Department of the Indiana University School of Music and Conductor-Artistic Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterwork Orchestra, he is also a musical groundbreaker. His Summer Memories for String Quartet is characterized as “a Sonata for Jazz Violin and String Quartet.”   Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet is thrilled to welcome composer David Baker to this very special Sunday performance.  Mr. Baker will also be in attendance for a pre-concert lecture, which will begin at 2:30 pm, to give audience members deeper insight into this beautiful piece of music.

When Antonín Dvorák composed his String Quintet No. 2 in 1875, he entered it into a competition and won a cash prize equivalent to about $10 in today’s currency. Talk about needing to be frugal to survive! Given that fact, it is apparent that his composition was truly a labor of love, but not love for another person as one might expect; Dvorák’s dedication read "To My Nation." And labor he did—his first draft contained not four, but five movements. For this performance, Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet will play the traditional four movements of this exquisite piece.

Tickets for String Quartet Gems are $22 for adults and $14 for students and children, and all tickets are General Admission Seating.  Tickets are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org

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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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