Second Classical Series concert, October 14, 15 at 8 pm, spins musical tales of a fearsome witch, a prince’s birthday, a seaside melodrama, and of intense spirituality
On Friday, October 14, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Neal Gittleman will help the DPO, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, and two stellar guest artists spin a wide range of musical tales.
Inspired by Czech folklore, Dvo?ák’s atmospheric tone poem The Noonday Witch kicks off the concert relating the story of a mother who tells her child to be good, or the witch will come. Then Neal Gittleman conducts tales from the oceanside with tone poems and a continuous variation – the Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia – from Britten’s greatest opera, Peter Grimes. Next, we hear the story of a party royal, Tippett’s Music for the Birthday of Prince Charles. Finally, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus joins the DPO, Neal Gittleman, soprano Ollie Watts Davis, and baritone Lester Lynch in telling a story of worship, Dvo?ák’s glorious Te Deum.
The DPO will present a second performance of the program on Saturday evening, October 15. The Schuster Performing Arts Center is the site of all Classical Series concerts, which begin at 8 pm.
Come early (at 7 pm) for Take Note featuring Barbara Calarese Dirr, resident artist at Human Race Theatre Company, on the stories behind the music.