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DAYTON OH – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 09-10 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series continues with programs titled Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Immortal Ninth on Friday and Saturday, October 2 & 3, 2009, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.

Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct the concerts, which will be highlighted by performances of Ludwig van Beethoven’s legendary Symphony No. 9. Joining Gittleman, the DPO and the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus under the direction of Hank Dahlman for the Beethoven Symphony will be vocal soloists Mary Wilson, soprano; Susan Platts, mezzo soprano; Chad Johnson, tenor; and John Shuffle, bass-baritone. Other works on the program include Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March and Stravinsky’s Suite from the Ballet The Fairy’s Kiss.

Beethoven’s groundbreaking Ninth Symphony has all but defined the idea of musical immortality. It introduced vocal soloists and chorus into the symphonic setting by incorporating part of Ode to Joy, a poem by Friedrich Schiller, into its climactic fourth movement. No work of music is more beloved, more inspiring, or more appropriate to our time than this impassioned hymn to joy and universal brotherhood.
Tickets for the concerts of October 2 & 3 range from $12 – $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals. The performance of Saturday evening, October 3 is this year’s Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association Recognition Concert.

For photographs of Neal Gittleman or any of the DPO’s various series’ guest artists, go to: