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“A Salute to Teachers” is theme of May 15 concert

On Monday, May 15, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the DPO’s final Young People’s Concert of the 2006-2007 season, A Salute to Teachers. The DPO specifically designed this concert for school-age audiences and planned it to link to Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum.

Teachers challenge and inspire us to be the best we can be. Composers, performers, and conductors are no exception. At 9:30 am and 11:15 am at the Schuster Center, the DPO will present a musical salute to teachers. Maestro Gittleman will give us a behind-the-scenes look at teachers who have inspired the composers represented on the concert, our concerto competition soloist, and the conductor himself!

The DPO will begin the concert with the fourth movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, London, followed by the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Then, 2006 D.L. Pierson Young Musician Concerto Competition winner, pianist Tiffany Woo, will perform the third movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert concludes with the DPO performing the first movement of Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, the finale of Kodaly’s Peacock Variations, and Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture.

It’s one of the DPO’s longest-standing traditions. The DPO plans these concerts to integrate with classroom curriculum. Teachers receive a study guide and a CD of concert excerpts. Study guides are also available at http://www.daytonphilharmonic.com/education/fieldtrip/grades3to6. At no charge, docents (if available) visit the various schools to prepare students for the concert. Tickets: $4.75 per seat.