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Acclaimed for His “Polished Dexterity” and His “Genteel, Old-world Charm,” Guest Violinist Yevgeny Kutik Joins the Dayton Philharmonic for Masterworks Concert Reflections and Images



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

DAYTON, OH (March 7, 2017) – On Friday, March 24, 2017 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 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 Reflections and Images, the fifth concert in the Premier Health 2016-2017 Masterworks Series.  Guest violinist Yevgeny Kutik will be joining the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for this performance. 

Then, on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center, Maestro Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the third 2016-2017 Demirjian Classical Connections Series concert, Debussy’s Images, with support from Graeter’s. 

The Dayton Philharmonic opens the evening’s performance with the contemporary piece Supermaximum, written by Portland, Oregon, violist and composer Kenji Bunch. Known for his “genre-defying chamber works,” Bunch premiered this piece in Brooklyn in 2011. The title Supermaximum is reminiscent of the term used in prisons, representing the strictest level of incarceration. The rhythm and spirit of the piece are inspired by the Southern chain gangs of the Depression era. The African American men in these chain gangs coordinated their work and linked their movement with song. In their time of strife and exhaustion, these men looked to art for both spiritual and physical survival. Supermaximum begins quietly with the sound of axes, hammers, and chain-walking. That work rhythm continues and moves beneath the melody, leading listeners past the toils of imprisonment and life . . . toward hope. Bunch continues in that vein with this historically echoed, yet movingly joyous orchestral work. 

Supermaximum is followed by Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. This piece, written in 1775, is the third of five violin concertos that Wolfgang Amadeus wrote that year. The violin solo in this composition breaks new ground as it imitates the style of an Italian operatic vocal solo. Guest soloist Yevgeny Kutik will be joining the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for this performance. Kutik debuted in 2003, winning first place in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. The artist is known for his technical precision and virtuosity and has performed with symphony orchestras around the world. Kutik has released two albums, Songs of Defiance and Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures.

The evening’s program climaxes with Claude Debussy’s Images for orchestra. This three-movement work sets out to capture the essence of England (Gigues), Spain (Ibéria), and France (Rondes de printemps). As a composer, Debussy took inspiration from visual artists, such as the Impressionists, as well as the literati of the time, especially the French symbolist poets Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine and American writer Edgar Allan Poe. Now credited for revitalizing French music during the late 1890s and early 1900s, during his lifetime he was criticized for his use of new harmonies and the “radical” music that ensued. It was those new and innovative tones in his music, however, that allowed Debussy to paint his musical pictures. That said, he did not look favorably upon those who consistently referred to his music as “impressionistic.” Debussy thought the term was used indiscriminately and wasn’t true to what he was actually setting out to accomplish, which was creating a reality.

Images begins with Gigues, a jig. The tone and tempo, however, are not what a listener would consider to be a sprightly dance. Instead, the piece reflects on “The Streets,” a poem by Paul Verlaine, which is anything but sprightly: “So skilfully would she proceed To make a lover's bare heart bleed, That it was beautiful indeed! Let's dance the jig!” And so the poem continues, the narrator’s heart broken and Debussy’s tone following suit. The movement has none of the typical lighthearted rhythm or tempo; instead, the music wants to quicken but cannot, alas, “dance the jig!” 

Images moves next to Ibéria, perhaps the best-known piece from the work. This movement is divided into three parts, describing “Streets and Roadsides,” “Perfumed Darkness,” and “The Morning of a Festival.”

Images concludes with images of France in Rondes de printemps (Dances of Spring). The final movement evokes May Day and the celebratory mood of the season. In his music, Debussy sought to explore the “relationship between Nature and Imagination.” This master work accomplishes that, giving the imagination of the audience a front-row seat to the essence of England, of Spain, and of France.

On Sunday, March 26, audience members will have the opportunity to explore Debussy’s Images even further, as the piece is the focal point of the Classical Connections concert. 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 Debussy’s Images symphony directly after intermission.  A Casual Q&A with Maestro Gittleman and a Graeter’s Ice Cream Social will follow the concert.

Tickets for Reflections and Images range from $16 to $65 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Tickets for Sunday’s performance of Debussy’s Images range from $15 to $43 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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