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Program features DPO Principal Quartet and DPO Principal Clarinetist in works by Beethoven and Mozart

On Wednesday evening, April 16 at 6:30 pm and again on Thursday morning, April 17 at 10:00 am, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Neal Gittleman will host the DPO Principal Quartet and DPO Principal Clarinetist John Kurokawa in The Classical Era, a concert of chamber works by Ludwig von Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The DPO Principal Quartet leads off the Program with Beethoven’s String Quartet, op. 18, No. 1. Beethoven originally dedicated the whole 0p. 18 set of string quartets to one of his patrons, Prince Lobkowitz. However, an earlier version of the Op. 18, No. 1 quartet existed, and Beethoven dedicated it to his friend, theologian and violinist Karl Amenda.

Mozart composed the Clarinet Quintet in A major for the outstanding clarinetist Anton Stadler, a member of the court orchestra in Vienna. Along with the DPO Principal Quartet, another outstanding clarinetist – DPO Principal Clarinetist John Kurokawa – will perform the Quintet. This is a work typical of Mozart, in the manner in which he develops a wide variety of moods and musical textures, wrings enormous richness from the material, and allows John to display his virtuosity.

Both works make this concert an homage to strings, reeds, and the composing giants of music’s Classical Era!

Tickets $9.50 – $24

Free pre-concert refreshments include pizza appetizers provided by sponsor Boston’s Bistro at the Gypsy for the Wednesday, 6:30 pm performance and complimentary coffee and donuts provided by sponsors Boston Stoker and Mercy Siena Retirement Community and tea provided by Basically British for the Thursday, 10:00 am performance.

Dr. Charles and Patricia Demirjian are the Chamber Series sponsors.

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