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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform Stained Glass Concert at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on February 11

DAYTON, OHIO (January 19, 2018) – On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 5 p.m., Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) musicians, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will travel to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 2067 N. Gettysburg Avenue, Dayton, Ohio to celebrate the human spirit through the universal medium of music with their second Stained Glass Series Concert of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 2017-2018 The Great Ones Season. This concert is one of three scheduled concerts in the DPAA Stained Glass Series for the 2017-2018 season. The concerts are free and open to the public with no ticket required.

The Dayton Philharmonic’s Stained Glass Concerts are part of a series of community outreach efforts called the Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts in honor of the late Mrs. Norma Ross, a tireless advocate for music and minority youth. All Stained Glass Concerts are free with generous seating available. The 2017–2018 Stained Glass Series and Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts are made possible by the Bob Ross Auto Group.

The 2017-2018 Stained Glass Concert Series includes three concerts as follows:

* Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:00 p.m. at Inspiration Church, 2900 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, OH; (937) 496-5607

* Sunday, February 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 2067 North Gettysburg Avenue, Dayton, OH; (937) 279-0580

* Sunday, April 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 5301 Free Pike, Trotwood, OH; (937) 837-7741

This year’s Stained Glass Concerts will feature Mozart’s melodic Symphony No. 35, known as the “Haffner” Symphony. Mozart was commissioned to write the piece in haste for the ennoblement of Salzburg magistrate Herr Siegmund Haffner in 1792.

The four movements of Mozart’s beautiful symphony will be interspersed with two additional works. The first is the second movement from the ensemble work American Standard by modern American composer John Adams, written in 1973. Adams’ “Christian Zeal and Activity” has gained a level of independence as a stand-alone piece, consisting of slow tonal chords with the compelling voice-over of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This piece was selected to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of King’s death in April 1968.

The second is a wonderful work by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a composer and conductor with a racially diverse background: his mother was from England and his father was a Creole from Sierra Leone. Coleridge-Taylor is most famous for his cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, rivaled only by choral standards such as Handel’s Messiah. For this year’s Stained Glass concerts, the DPO will perform Coleridge-Taylor’s lively Novelette.

This second stained glass concert on February 11 will close with a moving selection to be performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Choir, under the leadership of Vernon Ray Blue. The DPO would like to thank Calvary Pastor Jeffrey N. Brown, Jr. and his church members for their warm welcome and eagerness to be a part of the 2017-2018 Stained Glass Concert Series.

The DPO and Calvary Missionary Baptist Church wish to extend an open invitation to the community of Dayton to enjoy a celebratory afternoon when classical and gospel music come together to unite our Dayton community.

For more information on this February 11 Stained Glass Concert, please call Calvary Missionary Baptist Church at (937) 279-0580 or the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance at (937) 224-3521. For more information on the 2017-2018 Stained Glass Series, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org/stainedglass.