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The Talented Women of the Dayton Philharmonic Take the Stage at the Dayton Art Institute to Present String Quartet Gems



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (October 27, 2016) – On Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3 pm in the Renaissance Auditorium of the Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Principal String Quartet will present String Quartet Gems, the first concert in the 2016-2017 Chamber Series. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Principal String Quartet comprises four incredibly talented women:  Jessica Hung, DPO Concertmaster; Kirstin Greenlaw, Principal Second Violin; Sheridan Currie, Principal Viola; and Ellen Nettleton, Cello.  DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2016-2017 Excite Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

The musical talent and strength of four female musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra join to form the enchanting Dayton Philharmonic String Quartet. Together, they present an afternoon of stunning selections from the rich repertory of music written specifically for the string quartet. The Renaissance Auditorium of the elegant Dayton Art Museum resonates with the full sound of four stringed instruments humming together in perfect harmony. 

The program opens with Hugo Wolf’s light and entertaining one-movement piece entitled Italian Serenade for String Quartet. Austrian composer Wolf is famous for his composition of German art songs, called lieder.  Although he composed many different types of music besides lieder, including three operas, Italian Serenade is one of his only other works other than lieder that is still played regularly in the chamber music repertoire.   

The afternoon continues with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s progressive-sounding String Quartet No. 19 in C major, more commonly called "Dissonance." The nickname of this piece is derived from the very opening of the work, in which listeners experience many suspended chords and notes that do not seem to go together, resulting in a build-up of tension in the music.  In fact, the piece was at one point criticized, with some describing it as cacophony.  However, those more familiar with the use of dissonance in music know that the composer uses this technique to build momentum that pushes the piece forward, often with the result of a breakthrough plateau of pleasant-sounding music, akin to the fruits of a long and labor-intensive process.  Mozart’s “Dissonance” succeeded in pushing the work of string quartets forward and has had a lasting effect on the chamber repertoire since its creation.

The program closes with one of the most dramatic quartets ever written, Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, "Death and the Maiden.” The performance of this piece will mark the first time that the String Quartet has performed a work by Schubert together. The title “Death and the Maiden” comes from the second of four movements, which is based on a song he wrote by the same name.  Written in 1826, just two years before Schubert died of syphilis at the young age of 31, this famous quartet was composed with death as its central theme, both the starkness and the gentleness of the transition of life into loss.

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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