For this unique Sundae Classics event DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman, along with musicians from Classical Mystery Tour, take you on a very special sojourn (in the Classical Connections style) through the Beatles' classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Directly following is a casual Q&A and an Ice Cream Social with a free scoop of Graeter's.In 1966, the Beatles made the decision not to tour any longer. When the band returned to the studio, they wrote and recorded new music within a new concept. They would not be writing and recording as the Beatles per se, leaving aside all outside expectations. Instead, the music poured forth from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although the album turned 50 in 2017, the music still exudes the joy and innovation (and sometimes whimsy) that listeners first heard back in June 1967. This exciting experiment produced music that lives within the hearts of all who have listened. Who can forget “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lovely Rita,” or “A Day in the Life”? The evening’s collaboration will highlight the album as it was meant to be heard.Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a studio-recorded piece without a tour . . . until now. Don’t miss it!
Although Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band turned 50 in 2017, the music still exudes the joy and innovation (and sometimes whimsy) that listeners first heard back in June 1967. Maestro Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra share the stage with the band Classical Mystery Tour for a full performance of this classic album.
Together, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present a thrilling performance to honor DCDC’s 50th Anniversary as the region’s outstanding modern dance company rooted in the African American experience. The evening’s performance will consist of three engaging pieces that celebrate the artistry and athleticism of the full DCDC company of dancers.
Works by Prokofiev, Bernstein, Bruch, and the stunning Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Our guest conductor John Mauceri and our own Maestro Neal Gittleman have many things in common, but most of all, they share a deep, abiding respect for and appreciation of the great American composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein. Both have championed Leonard Bernstein's music in their lives and from the podium. So it is most appropriate that Mauceri would include Three Meditations from MASS on his Dayton conducting debut program. The excepts convey many of MASS' dramatic highlights as well as the virtuosic talents of our guest cellist Adrian Daurov, who performs here in his Dayton debut.
A kiss is just a kiss, right? Not this one. Adapted from a play by Oscar Wilde, Salome retells the biblical account of the death of John the Baptist, all because of the lust of a king, a salacious dance, and a promise to fulfill. Though Richard Strauss was immediately captivated by Wilde’s play and determined to set it to music, audiences and even performers of the day were shocked by the plot. Though musicians were enthused about Strauss’ powerful music, lush sound, and superb orchestration, censors did their best to keep Salome from the public in England and the U.S., where the work was withdrawn from Metropolitan Opera after just one performance in 1907. Since then, Salome has been widely hailed as a masterpiece whose controversy has only increased its fame.
Cinereous, the Great Vulture in Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose. Originally from Michigan, Isaac Jones studied under the direction of Cyndi Buczek and Sergey Rayevskiy. He has danced as a trainee with Sarasota Ballet and as a company dancer with Eugene Ballet Company and #instaballet. He has also been selected as a dancer for the National Choreographers Initiative. This is Isaac’s second season with Dayton Ballet. Photos by Scott Robbins Geek With a Lens.
DAYTON, OH (Jan 3, 2019) – The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is thrilled to present the 2019-2020 Titans Season of the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The season was announced to great fanfare on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018 to over 2,000 patrons at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.
The three DPAA Artistic Directors, Thomas Bankston, Dayton Opera; Karen Russo Burke, Dayton Ballet; and Neal Gittleman, Dayton Philharmonic, as well as DPAA President and CEO Paul Helfrich, have worked together to prepare a season full of groundbreaking and engaging performances that reveal bold new dimensions in every art form.
DAYTON, OHIO (April 2, 2019) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the human spirit through the universal medium of music this April in a program called Unity Through Harmony. Choirs from around the Dayton area will join the DPO for a glorious concert of uplifting classical and spiritual music on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Dayton Masonic Center.
Unity Through Harmony is a first-ever special community concert of music from the diverse faiths in the Dayton region. Come hear the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra create beautiful music with choirs and musicians representing Baptist churches, Jewish synagogues, and Catholic churches from around the region. Each of the groups will perform music from their traditions and then join in the finale as a unified massed choir of over 150 voices!
Unity Through Harmony will combine the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, with more than 100 singers from the following choirs and singing groups:
Dayton Jewish Chorale Cantor Jenna Greenberg, Director
Omega Baptist Church Choir Tommy McGuffey, Jr., Director
Mary Catholic Church Choir with singers from Church of the Incarnation (Centerville), St. Paul’s Catholic Church (Yellow Springs), Emmanuel Catholic Church (Dayton), Kathryn Maresca, Director
Mary Catholic Church Ministerio de Música Hispano Nuevo Amanecer Luis R. Clemente, Director
University of Dayton Ebony Heritage Singers Rev. Donna Cox, Director
University of Dayton World Music Choir Dr. Sharon Davis Gratto, Director
The program will begin with the glorious Sinfonia from Bach Cantata #29, with DPO Principal Pianist Joshua Nemith on the resounding Masonic Center organ. The afternoon continues as the DPO performs sacred works in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, including the moving “Phoenix in Exile” by Syrian-American composer and pianist Malek Jandali. Choirs and singing groups will take the stage throughout the performance to fill the Masonic Center with beautiful vocals, bringing the musical selections to life. After intermission, all vocal groups will unite together on stage to perform a mass choir repertoire of ecumenical songs from gospel and folk traditions.
The concert is presented as part of the Dayton Philharmonic’s ongoing series of Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts. We would like to thank the following organizations for their support in helping to make this unique presentation possible:
World Religion Fund
African–American Community Fund of the Dayton Foundation
Bob Ross Auto Group
Ohio Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Sisters of the Precious Blood
University of Dayton’s School of Music
As spring awakens in Dayton, spend a few hours surrounded by the inspirational sound when classical and spiritual music come together to unite our Dayton community.
Tickets for Unity Through Harmony are $10 and are available for purchase by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or online at https://daytonperformingarts.org/program/unity-through-harmony/. For more information or to order subscriptions to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.
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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Your gift today is greatly appreciated and will help the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in our mission to be our community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse, and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music!