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Internationally Acclaimed Cellist Mark Kosower and Antonín Dvorák’s “From the New World” Symphony Make February’s Classical Concert a Warm and Welcome Respite from the Weary Winter



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
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DAYTON, OH (January 12, 2016) – On Friday, February 5, 2016 and Saturday, February 6, 2016 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 Worlds of Wonder, the fourth concert in the Premier Health 2015-2016 Classical Series.  Guest cellist Mark Kosower joins the DPO for this program. Leadership Sponsor for this concert is Xcelsi Group, LLC. 

Then, on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center, Maestro Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the third 2015-2016 Demirjian Classical Connections Series concert, Dvorák’s Discovery, with support from Graeter’s.

The DPO continues the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s (DPAA) tribute to the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare by opening Worlds of Wonder with William Walton’s Suite from Henry V, a 1963 arrangement of Walton’s score featured in the 1946 Academy Award–nominated film Henry V, starring Laurence Olivier.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung, who serves as director of the Center for Research in Education in Art, Technology and Entertainment (CREATE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF), will be represented once more with her selection from the 2016 animated film Farmer Glorp, a collaborative project between DPAA and UCF derived from UCF’s animation unit, which features Sung as faculty music advisor. The charming tale concerns a farmer with special qualities who lives on the sun and plants sunflowers. “Farmer Glorp is a sharing, caring story, reminding us how much we need each other in life,” Sung said. “It is always important to work together.”

Internationally acclaimed cellist Mark Kosower, principal cellist for the Cleveland Symphony, will showcase his expertise in Victor Herbert’s rarely heard Cello Concerto No. 2, one of Herbert’s finest works outside the realm of his operettas (Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta). Kosower, who began playing the cello as a one-year-old, has been described as “an extraordinary talent” by the legendary cellist and teacher Janos Starker.  He is currently a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and he has performed with numerous symphonies across the country and the world, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to joining Cleveland Orchestra, Kosower served as solo cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and he has given masterclasses in locations all around the globe.  

The DPO aptly closes the program with the sparkling musical discoveries within Antonín Dvorák’s 1893 symphony “From the New World” (Symphony No. 9). Soon after assuming the office of director of the National Conservatory in New York, Dvorák was visited by Harry T. Burleigh, an African American conservatory student who came to play and sing spirituals and songs for him. “Dvorák just saturated himself with the spirit of these old tunes,” Burleigh later recalled. In turn, Dvorák created several large compositions inspired by the songs of the African American experience, including Symphony No. 9. Although containing echoes of Bohemia and even American Indian flair, the layered piece, the composer’s most celebrated work, still rings true of African American identity, according to many scholars. In fact, the first movement contains a passing resemblance to the classic spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." Dvorák notably wrote: “I tried to write only in the spirit of these national melodies."

On Sunday, February 7, audience members will have the opportunity to explore Dvorák’s Symphony “From the New World” even further, as the piece is the focal point of the Classical Connections concert Dvorák’s Discovery.  This unique format features musical examples of the symphony, description and explanation by Maestro Gittleman on the first half, followed by a full performance of Dvorák’s “From the New World” Symphony directly after intermission.  A Casual Q&A with Maestro Gittleman and a Graeter’s Ice Cream Social will follow the concert.

Tickets for Worlds of Wonder range from $14 to $61 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Tickets for Sunday’s performance of Dvorák’s Discovery range from $14 to $41 and are also available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher and student 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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