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Program features music of deep forests and dreamy mindscapes

On Friday evening, November 11, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the second of four concerts in its 2005-2006 season Dayton Daily News Classical Connections series.

A century separates the lives of Richard Wagner and John Adams, yet their work is more closely related than you might think. For the second Dayton Daily News Classical Connections concert, Neal Gittleman will uncover the contrasting facets of Wagner’s musical style, with a journey that starts in the deep forests as he conducts Good Friday Music from Parsifal. Then he and the DPO will demonstrate the dreamy mindscape of Adams, as – in his Harmonielehre – he breaks free from 20th century minimalism to explore truly new musical territory.
Music Director Neal Gittleman oversees this unique opportunity to go behind the music and discover the enjoyment contained within. The DPO is one of the few orchestras in the nation to offer this experience. Each subscriber to the Dayton Daily News Classical Connections series receives a special Listener’s Guide. Following the Wagner opening, Neal Gittleman will escort listeners (who are welcome to wear casual dress!) through the evening’s music with stories, excerpts, and insights. After intermission, the DPO will perform Adams’s Harmonielehre.

All Dayton Daily News Classical Connections concerts take place in the Schuster Performing Arts Center and begin at 8 pm.