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Receives second financial grant of season; will underwrite commission for Mozart Festival composition

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra recently received its second National Endowment for the Arts grant award for the season, a $10,000 grant earmarked for the DPO’s upcoming NCR Presents the Miracle of Mozart Festival. The DPO will use the funds to underwrite commission of the work Agnus Dei by composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez written within Mozart Mass instrumentation as a completion of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, K. 427/417a.

The first NEA award won by the DPO this season came in September. It consisted of $20,000 for the DPO’s School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids (SPARK) program. That grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Learning in the Arts grant was the second in as many years the DPO has won. The DPO was one of 178 nationwide arts programs funded (out of 628 applicants), only one of eight NEA-awarded programs that focused on integrating music into classroom curriculum, and the only Dayton arts organization to receive an NEA Arts Learning award.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the only arts organization in the Dayton region to receive two grant awards in one season. Grants from the NEA are extremely competitive. Only organizations with the utmost artistic excellence and quality programs receive a grant.

DCDC, Cityfolk and the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse received grants from the NEA this season as well.