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Described as “Little Short of Electrifying” by the Baltimore Sun, Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Valentina Lisitsa returns to Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for the ravishing Rachmaninoff’s Triumph


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

DAYTON, OH (March 26, 2015) – On Friday, April 24, 2015 and Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present Rachmaninoff’s Triumph, the eighth and final concert in the Premier Health 2014-2015 Classical Series. The stunning and internationally acclaimed pianist Valentina Lisitsa returns by overwhelmingly popular demand to DPO to deliver, with grace and expertise, Rachmaninoff’s challenging Piano Concert. Performance Sponsor for this production is Xcelsi Group, LLC, and Associate Sponsor is The Milt Kantor Family.  The DPAA Innovation Partner is the DP&L Foundation - Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Valentina Lisitsa began playing the piano at the age of three. She now resides in the United States and performs both at home and internationally.  With more than 62 million YouTube views and some 98,000 subscribers to her channel, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most-watched classical musicians on the internet, using digital innovation to champion classical music and performance.  Just this month, Lisitsa released her third album, Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass, to critical acclaim.  “Valentina Lisitsa is a gigantic talent. She has infallible fingers, imagination and a control of dynamics – from the softest to the loudest sounds – little short of electrifying.” (Baltimore Sun)

Valentina Lisitsa shares a similar heritage with Sergei Rachmaninoff, and thus, both composer and pianist understand and share the characteristic Russian love for composing and performing beautiful, romantic music. The Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor endures as one of the world’s most beautiful and popular pieces, thanks in no small part to fabulous artists such as Ms. Lisitsa and her dazzling new interpretation of the piece.

The concert opens with a newer Russian work by composer Sofia Gubaidulina.  When Russian-Tatar Gubaidulina wrote Stimmen... Verstummen... (Voices… Silence…) in 1986, she composed it as a twelve-movement symphony, rather than one of four movements. The longest movement is slightly more than eleven minutes, but most are much shorter, several lasting less than one minute. If one were to listen carefully with closed eyes, the work can indeed sound as though it were a conversation between different instruments and orchestra sections. It is notable that the conversation is primarily genial and that it uses silence as an instrument section in its own right. For example, the actual climax to the work occurs in the ninth movement (and at the end of the twelfth), as the conductor conducts, but the orchestra doesn’t play. Voices… Silence… proves the point that unlike black and white, neither of which are actually colors, silence can have a sound.

Many people think that Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is about America’s defeat of the British army during its attempted invasion in the War of 1812.  This connection, in fact, isn’t so. In 1974 Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler started a tradition of staging cannons, steeple bells, and fireworks to enhance the overture at strategic points in the work, which, indeed, can arouse a sense of patriotism in its listeners.  However, Tchaikovsky actually composed this celebrated piece to musically describe Napoleon’s retreat from Russia in 1812.  He uses France’s La Marseillaise to depict the French army and Russia's God Save the Czar to depict the Russian forces in their execution of a plan to weaken and ultimately destroy their French enemy. Regardless of the country in which it is played, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is a work designed, at its conclusion, to evoke a standing ovation!

Tickets for Rachmaninoff’s Triumph range from $11 to $61 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher, student, and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information on this production or on other upcoming 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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