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Kaleidoscope of Great Music starts with first of nine Classical Series concerts

On Thursday evening, September 15, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Neal Gittleman will raise his baton and officially begin both the DPO Classical Series and the Opening Weekend of the 2005-2006 concert season. DAY International is the exclusive sponsor of Opening Weekend.

In East Meets West, the first in a series of nine star-studded concerts, the DPO’s Classical Series opener features the percussion ensemble NEXUS in a celebration of diverse musical perspectives. The program contrasts the musical cultures of the Orient with those of the Occidental world.

Following performance of Brahms’s Variations on a Theme of Haydn, op. 56a, NEXUS interprets From me flows what you call Time by Toru Takemitsu. The work literally connects the Mead stage to the ceiling with colored ribbons that activate chimes! The DPO concludes with a performance of Schoenberg’s interpretation of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor, op.25.

The DPO will present a second performance of the program on Saturday evening, September 17. The Schuster Performing Arts Center is the site of all Classical Series concerts, which begin at 8 pm.