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Serenades with Strings

June 2018

Renaissance Auditorium   

   3:00 pm Sunday, June 3, 2018          
General Admission Seating

Pre-performance talk: Larry Coressel

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Adult $22  |  Senior $20  |  Student $14  

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
HONSTEIN Night Scenes from the Ospedale (2011)
VIVALDI Sinfonia, RV 169
VIVALDI Concerto for Four Violins, RV 580
DVOŘÁK Serenade, op. 22


Merriam-Webster defines serenade as an “…instrumental performance, especially one given outdoors at night for a woman being courted,” and also as “an instrumental composition in several movements, written for a small ensemble, and midway between the suite and the symphony in style.” The second definition is more technical in description, indicating how the piece is constructed, but the first definition arrives more at the heart of the term. 

A serenade is widely known as a work that is written in someone’s honor, and that someone has often proved to be a love interest of the composer. Serenades are typically light, calm, and often very romantic in nature, harking back to Webster's "courting" definition, where one might picture, in more historic times, a gentleman standing at the window of his love interest and wooing her with his beautiful music. 
For the DPO’s final Chamber Series concert of the season, Concertmaster Jessica Hung has selected five gorgeous pieces of music from some of the most romantic composers:  Honstein, Dvořák, Vivaldi, and, of course, Bach. Join musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic as we welcome summer with an intimate afternoon of sweet-sounding serenades.

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