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Dayton, Ohio (January 23, 2009) – Offering a wide and varied range of musical programming, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2009-2010 Season will run from September, 2009 through May, 2010.

The new season will consist of five distinct concert Series and six Special Events totaling 33 programs for a total of 52 separate concerts.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) chose Legends as the season’s theme, because – across all series’ offerings – the repertoires and guest artists already are, or undoubtedly will become, legendary. “We built our Classical Series and Classical Connections Series on the foundation of many of the romantic music’s legendary exponents, including Beethoven, Berlioz, Schumann and Wagner,” DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman states. Two of the cornerstone symphonies of the Romantic Age anchor the new season: Beethoven’s Ninth and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. “And, with peerless musicians such as clarinetist Jon Manasse, pianist Lise de la Salle, and pianist Leon Bates, we’ll host a range of guest soloists who are among the finest on the national and international stages.” This season, in what has become an almost annual tradition, the DPO will feature a World Premiere of a commissioned work (by Lowell Liebermann) in the Classical Series and start its own local legend with a second World Premiere commission, a work by Dayton composer Jeff Olmsted on the Chamber Series.

And that’s only the beginning.

“Our Family Series has met with such success that we are expanding it this season to four concerts,” DPO President Paul Helfrich remarks. “The fun, informal atmosphere so emblematic of our Family series also characterizes our Classical Connections and Chamber Series as well. Our Chorus, an exceptional all-volunteer organization directed by Hank Dahlman, will again be an integral part of our seasonal programming and enhance our Classical and Chamber Series and two of our Special Events.”

The 2009-2010 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical concert series, The Romantics, spotlights the Romantic Age of music, which ushered in the notion of the primacy of the individual artistic voice. The series features works such as Brahms’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 2, Barber’s Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, Franck’s Symphony in D minor, Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, and Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 9. In addition, the DPO has commissioned a Clarinet Concerto by Lowell Liebermann, which guest Jon Manassee will perform in the November concert.
The 2009-2010 National City SuperPops series, The Entertainers, poses the question “What makes a legend?” The rock group America gives us our first hint, with consummately crafted songs, trademark lush harmonies, and evocative lyrical landscapes. Clarinetist Ken Peplowski and the Sax Section from the US Air Force Band of Flight hit our stage celebrating the 100th birthday of Big Band great Benny Goodman. Jazz songstress Jane Monheit layers a new dimension of sophistication over her sultry, honey-voiced style, to provide another clue. Jeans ‘n Classics returns to explore the music that propelled the action of the legendary James Bond movies. Pianist Leon Bates celebrates the musical legacy of the Gershwin brothers. And a homegrown legend, Rhythm in Shoes, hangs up its shoes for good in our season finale.

Dayton Daily News continues its sponsorship of Classical Connections, which for 2009-2010 uses its unique concert-plus-discussion format to explore classical music’s composing styles in a series of composer portraits. The composers are Tchaikovsky, Franck, Wagner, Strauss, and Schumann, five composers each of whom created different, powerful, and emotional musical legends. Music Director Neal Gittleman and the DPO present the music and additional information in a lively talk-plus-performance setting. There’s even a Q&A afterwards, with our easygoing maestro.

The 2009-2010 Dayton Power & Light Family Series is the classical music choice for families across the region. This series features the annual PhilharMonster celebration of Halloween; Cirque de la Symphonie, an organization of many of the best cirque artists in the world; Children’s Games and Stories, with the music of Georges Bizet (a concert that puts Dr. Seuss’s story of “Sam-I-am” to music); and Fairy Tale Fantasia with Madcap Puppet Theatre, widely known for programs in the strong story-telling tradition of Jim Henson and Sesame Street, presenting a program that features Little Red Riding Hood, dancing frogs, a swaggering toreador, and even a wild hoe down! Music Director Neal Gittleman and Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds join with the DPO and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for this series.

The 2009-2010 Demirjian Chamber Orchestra Series draws out some of the most personal, intimate facets of a composer, in this series, presenting very personal aspects of a wide variety of composers in an array of styles. Featured are both traditional and unusual combinations for small orchestra and smaller chamber groups in works by composers, such as Bach, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart, and Bartók. The DPO’s new concertmaster, Jessica Hung, makes her DPO Chamber Series solo recital debut performing works of Mozart, Bartók, and Strauss in May.

The 2009-2010 Special Events are truly special one-night concerts that are devoted to specific musical traditions. Six unique programs will round out the DPO 2009-2010 offering: Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration, The Music of ABBA, Handel’s Messiah, our traditional New Year’s Eve Concert, A Night at Woodstock, and the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers.

Concertgoers may renew, or purchase, series subscription tickets by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630. Subscription buyers enjoy big savings (12 -25%) over single-ticket prices, same-seat convenience, early seating for Special Events, early exchange privileges, a ticket tax credit, VIP Diner’s Card, and the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting a community treasure.