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Performances at 10 am and 6:30 pm to feature music of Corelli, Bach, and Svoboda

The 2005-2006 Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Demirjian Chamber Concert Series finishes the season in high style with a concert aptly titled Spirit in Song. On Friday, April 7– at two separate performances (10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.) – DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman joins Hank Dahlman and the Wright State University Collegiate Chorale to fill the Victoria Theatre with voices and instruments raised in song.

Inspired by the gilded-age intimacy of the Victoria Theatre, the Demirjian Chamber Orchestra Series provides the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with an opportunity to show off musical works specially written to sound their best in smaller settings.

Corelli’s Concerto Grosso op. 6, No. 2 opens the program. One of Bach’s portfolio pieces, famously assembled for the Margrave of Brandenburg – the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 – follows. Then…a new work! Tomas Svoboda’s Chorale and Fugue for String Quartet and Strings makes its Dayton debut. Finally, Bach is back to close the program as the Chamber Orchestra and Wright State University Collegiate Chorale give us one of the master’s most radiant cantatas, No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben. This piece features the beloved Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

The Demirjian Chamber Orchestra Series concerts are casual and easygoing; DPO concert partners provide refreshments before each performance. For the 10:00 a.m. performance, concert partners Boston Stoker and Mercy Siena Retirement Community will provide complimentary coffee and doughnuts, and – for the 6:30 p.m. performance – concert partner Boston’s Bistro at the Gypsy will provide complimentary pizza!

Come join the fun…and the singing!