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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Jessica Hung Presents Concertmaster’s Choice for an Intimate Afternoon of Music at Dayton Art Institute



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DAYTON, OH (January 12, 2017) – On Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Renaissance Auditorium of the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster and Performance Innovation Leader Jessica Hung will present Concertmaster’s Choice, the second concert in the 2016-2017 Chamber Series.  

Talented DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung has assembled an exquisite program of some of the less well-known but no-less engaging pieces of music from the Chamber repertoire, offering a beautiful and eclectic program, with captivating compositions for piano, trumpet and strings. Jessica has invited some of her good friends from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to join her for this exquisite Sunday afternoon, including Principal Keyboard Josh Nemith, Principal Trumpet Charles Pagnard, Assistant Principal 2nd Violin Kara Manteufel, Principal Viola Sheridan Kamberger Currie, Assistant Principal Cello Christina Coletta, and Principal Bass Deborah Taylor. The intimate venue of the Renaissance Auditorium at the Dayton Art Institute provides the perfect setting to experience the nuances and subtleties that make chamber music so engaging. 

The program begins with a trio of Mozart violin duos, with the first piece from composer Leopold Mozart, giving the audience a glimpse into the compositional style of the infamous stage father to well-known son Wolfgang. Leopold's style was actually closer to the Baroque era than to the Classical. Then, a presentation of two pieces from son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart follows. “Der Speigel,” or "The Mirror," is actually played by both violinists from the same piece of sheet music, one reading right side up and the other reading upside down!  “Rondo alla Turca,” or “Turkish Rondo," features no such tricks but is a rousing and catchy Mozart finale.

The program continues with a beloved work by Austrian composer Franz Schubert called "The Trout." This quintet is a beautiful piece of chamber music, despite the somewhat irregular instrumentation featuring piano and one instrument each from the entire string family. The work is in five movements, and the title comes from the theme-and-variation-style fourth movement, after the song of the same name. The movement and the piece as a whole feature many ornaments and filigree for the first violin, as is typical of Schubert string music.  

After a brief intermission, Jessica and her colleagues return to perform two more engaging selections from the chamber repertoire. For the first time in a chamber music setting, Jessica is delighted to be collaborating with DPO Principal Trumpet Charles Pagnard, who has selected for this performance American composer Eric Ewazen’s three-movement work Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano.  Contemporary composer Ewazen hails originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and his works have been commissioned and performed by many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the U.S. and around the world. Although written as recently as 1992, this trio’s bright E-major tonality harkens back to earlier American music such as Copland, especially the expansive and open melody in the trumpet that opens the piece and also returns toward the end after an exciting musical adventure. 

The program ends with a work by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, which will highlight all seven musicians within the same piece.  The seventeen-minute-long piece features four French Baroque dances in one of the first instances of a neoclassical style. It was written in 1880 as a commission for specific musicians in the Paris amateur chamber music society called "La Trompette”–hence, the unique instrumentation. Saint-Saëns himself played the piano at the work’s premiere. 

A pre-performance talk will be given by Discover Classical’s Larry Coressel and Concertmaster Jessica Hung, beginning at 2:30 pm in the Renaissance Auditorium. 

Tickets for Concertmaster’s Choice 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 on this concert 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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