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“Time Marches On” features world premiere of West Carrollton High School graduate’s composition for orchestra

On Tuesday, February 26, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am at the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the DPO’s tenth annual High School Concert, Time Marches On. This concert is specifically designed for teenage audiences (Grades 7-12) and is planned to link to Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum.

Happy 75th birthday DPO! 150 years ago, 75 years ago, and today, Time Marches On is a study of musical styles as related to historical events in these time periods. Featuring the world premier of Contentions for Orchestra by Dayton student composer Chad Latta! Latta, a freshman at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, wrote the piece while a senior at West Carrollton High School. Teachers will receive a Teacher’s Guide and CD of concert excerpts.

“The key to success in reaching highschoolers is to capture their imagination and show them respect,” Gittleman states, “to play the best music in our repertoire and reveal its secrets. Kids at this age crave powerful, gripping experiences. No experience is more powerful and more gripping than hearing a great orchestra perform great music live in a great concert hall. For only $6.00 per seat, students will embark on an exciting voyage of musical discovery. Their idea about classical music will never be the same!”

A concert especially for high school students that focuses on musical styles related to historical trends, the repertoire includes Stravinsky’s Greeting Prelude; Offenbach’s Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld; Holst’s Brook Green Suite, Chad Latta’s Contentions for Orchestra; and Williams’s Variations on Happy Birthday.

The theme of this concert, Time Marches On, will be explored not only through the concert experience, but also through teacher concert preparation materials, which include a Teacher’s Guide and a CD of concert excerpts. These materials contain information about the composers and the music and make links to classroom curriculum. There is no charge for these materials. Teachers receive them after making a reservation.

Cost: $6 per seat.