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Dayton Opera’s 2016-2017 Artists-in-Residence and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians Perform Together at Dayton Art Institute for a Chamber Concert of Sound and Song



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DAYTON, OH (February 6, 2017) – On Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Sound and Song, the third concert in the 2016-2017 Chamber Series. Associate Sponsor for this performance is the Bill and Jackie Lockwood Family Foundation. 

The intimate sound of the voice accompanied by piano or small grouping of musical instruments is one of the integral parts of the chamber music tradition. Sound and Song will explore a range of chamber works that demonstrate this pairing of instrument and voice to greatest effect.   

Dayton Philharmonic welcomes young artists from Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence program – soprano Chelsea Friedlander, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Frey, tenor Brian Skoog, and bass-baritone Vincent Grana – to the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium stage for this musical excursion.  The vocalists will be accompanied by gifted musicians from Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, including Joshua Nemith on piano, Aurelian Oprea and Kirstin Greenlaw on violin, Scott Schilling on viola, Christina Coletta on cello, Daniel Lewis on trumpet, and Sean Vore on horn.  Joining the Philharmonic musicians Is Dayton Opera Music Director of the Artists-in-Residence Program and Chorus Master Jeffrey Powell, also on piano. 

“This is the third year of participation in this Chamber Series by the talented singers of Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence program.  It is truly one of the most fulfilling and enriching parts of their residency to be featured in this concert and to be able to perform some of the great chamber repertoire in collaboration with the musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic,” said Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston.  “Along with the value of the big experience they get in opera on the stage of the Schuster Center, the experience of the intimate music-making in the DAI’s Renaissance Auditorium further enriches and enhances their residency.”  

The afternoon will open with a showcase of four arias from the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, each with a featured solo instrument.  The arias include "Grosser Herr, o starker König"; "Jesus soll mein erstes Wort"; "Erbarme dich"; and "Quoniam tu solus sanctus." These pieces were selected by Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston and Dayton Philharmonic Concertmaster and Performance Innovation Leader Jessica Hung for their very melodic and ornamental style, which will showcase both the vocal virtuosity of these talented young artists and the masterful musicianship of the Dayton Philharmonic soloists.  

The program continues with some of the most beautiful pieces of chamber music with vocal spotlight, including Franz Lachner’s Frauenliebe und Leben, a group of “Six Songs to Poems of A. E. Housman” by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and Ivor Gurney, Andre Previn’s Vocalise, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s concert aria "Per questa bella mano,” and two works of Hector BerliozPremiers transports que nul n'oublie and La Captive. Each of these works will feature one of the vocalists paired with members of the Philharmonic. The four vocalists and two pianists then come together for the finale of the afternoon with Johannes Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder Walzer (New Love Song Waltzes), Op. 65.  

Larry Coressel from Discover Classical WDPR 88.1 will give a pre-concert talk beginning at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets for Sound and Song 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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