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DPO Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds takes the baton for concerts in Schuster Center featuring Sibelius, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky

On Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm in the Schuster Center, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds will present Myth and Majesty, a program of music from the reaches of the frozen North.

A passionate thread runs through this all-orchestral program; one that starts in the Baltic with Jean Sibelius’s Pohjola’s Daughter, a symphonic fantasy based on a central myth from Finland’s national folk epic, The Kalevala. The next piece on the program is about Czarist Russia, with Sergei Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite, a musical recounting of the satiric tale of a non-existent military hero. Finally, the DPO will present the majesty of Peter Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s sublime Fifth Symphony. Patrick Reynolds, the DPO’s esteemed assistant conductor, takes the podium for this powerful survey.

On both concert evenings at 7 pm in the Mead Theatre, Dr. Morten Kristiansen, Assistant Professor of Music History at Xavier University, will conduct a Take Note discussion.

On November 30, from 7 pm to 7:45 pm on the DP&L Stage in the Wintergarden, the Stebbins High School Symphonic Choir – Christina Smith, Director – will perform.

On December 1, from 7 pm to 7:45 pm on the DP&L Stage in the Wintergarden, the West Carrollton High School Varsity Choir – Brian Coleman, Director – will perform.

As part of the season kick-off activities, the following events will take place in the Schuster Center and are free and open to the public:

For the six remaining Classical Series concerts and the Dayton Daily News Classical Connections concerts, starting at 6:30 pm each concert evening the Dayton Metro Library will operate Words & Music, a lobby-stop library kiosk in the Wintergarden. Concertgoers and other visitors will be able to select from, and check-out, a wide variety of books, CDs, and DVDs related to the specific concert’s theme, Dayton history, and classical music. All that one needs to check-out any of the items is a Dayton Metro Library card. Users may return the items to any branch of the library; they may also sign up for – and receive – a library card if they do not have one.
On the Orchestra Level in front of the Mead Theatre, there will be a season-long display of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra History in a text-and-photo timeline on banners. There will also be display cases, with artifacts and photos, and framed historical photos.