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DAYTON OH (November 4, 2011) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2011-2012 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series will continue with programs titled Promethean Exploits  on Friday and Saturday, November 18 & 19, 2011, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.

The story of Prometheus, the Titan of Greek myth who stole fire from the gods in order to enlighten mankind, was of particular interest to composers of the Romantic era.  The November 18 & 19 programs will feature three works inspired by the Prometheus theme: Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Liszt’s Prometheus: Symphonic Poem, and a new work titled Prometheus by American composer William Bolcom, for piano, orchestra, and chorus.  Pianist Jeffrey Biegel will be the soloist for the Bolcom work, which will also feature the voices of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Hank Dahlman.   Also on the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major.   

The DPO’s 11-12 season Classical Series features fascinating composers, performers and cultural icons. Acclaimed guest artists like Jeffrey Biegel and William Wolfram will join the DPO’s own fantastic talents Jessica Hung, Alan Siebert and Robyn Costa to form a starry lineup of soloists. Some not-to-be-missed performances include Stella Sung’s musical tribute to Norman Rockwell (January 6 & 7, 2012), Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (March 1 & 3, 2012), and Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 2, Resurrection (May 11 & 12, 2012).

Tickets for the concerts of November 18 & 19 range from $9 – $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2011-2012 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals.  Jeffrey Biegel performs on Friday, November 18 as the 2011-2012 season Bill & Dianne Schneider Endowed Guest Artist and on Saturday, November 19 as the 2011-2012 season Louis S. Cantor, Rose Sorokin Cantor, Samuel L. Cantor, and Lena Cantor Endowed Guest Artist

This program will be broadcast on “Live and Local” on the DPO’s Season Media Partner, Classical WDPR 88.1 and WDPG 89.9 FM, on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 10 a.m.