Contact: Angela Whitehead

Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

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DAYTON, OH (June 23, 2020) – The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) is thrilled to present a new virtual 2020 summer concert series called DPAA Summer Streams. DPAA Summer Streams comprises three virtual summer concert series—Recital Series, Family Series, and DPAA Replays, for a total of nine summer concerts for audiences to enjoy.

For the DPAA Summer Streams Recital Series and Family Series, small DPAA ensembles have taken the stage in the PNC Arts Annex to record concerts live and in person together, socially distanced, of course, for the first time since March! The DPAA also presents a DPAA Replay Series for a virtual multimedia replay of three previous breathtaking DPAA performances, with brand-new still photo and video presentations to accompany the recorded music.

Following is a full listing and accompanying descriptions of the DPAA Summer Streams concerts:

DPAA Summer Streams – Recital Series (for chamber music and opera lovers)

1) Opera Artist-in-Residence
July 12, 2020 at 3 pm
Maya Vansuch, soprano
John Benjamin, piano

Soprano Maya Vansuch, who appeared last season in Dayton Opera’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program and in the mainstage production of La Cenerentola, and John Benjamin, last season’s AIR Music Director and music faculty member at the University of Dayton, will perform repertoire from opera, art song, and classic American musical theater. Opera selections are from Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Songs by composers Vittorio Giannini, Richard Strauss and Gioachino Rossini are featured, along with musical favorites from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Jerome Kern’s Show Boat, and Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.

2) Strings and Piano Salon
July 26, 2020 at 3 pm
Jessica Hung, violin
Kirstin Greenlaw, violin
Sheridan Currie, viola
Jonathan Lee, cello
Joshua Nemith, piano

The Dayton Philharmonic Principal String Quartet and DPO Principal Keyboard Joshua Nemith join forces to perform Brahms’ great Piano Quintet in F minor. Known as “the crown of chamber music,” it is a stormy work full of angst and emotional turbulence in the three faster movements, while the slow movement, marked “Andante (walking pace),” provides a calm, lyrical respite from the work’s general intensity.

3) Concertmaster’s Choice
August 23, 2020 at 3 pm
Jessica Hung, violin
Sheridan Currie, viola
Jonathan Lee, cello
Jon Pascolini, double bass
Aaron Brant, horn
John Kurokawa, clarinet
Rachael Young, bassoon

Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20, for clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, was a popular work from his early period. The DPAA presents this masterpiece as part of an ongoing celebration of Beethoven’s sestercentennial, the 250th anniversary of his birth. Dedicated to the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, the work is structured as a serenade in six movements. It was perhaps inspired by a string trio by Mozart written in a similar format, and it has itself inspired the later Schubert Octet for the same instrument combination plus an additional violin. Another indicator of lineage that ties back to Mozart is the extensive use of the clarinet, which is equal to the violin in prominence.

DPAA Summer Streams – Family Series (for children Pre-K through grade 7)

1) Where in the World?
July 6, 2020 at 10 am
Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet:
Rebecca Tryon Andres, flute
Eileen Whalen, oboe
Jessica Pinkham, horn
John Kurokawa, clarinet
Rachael Young, bassoon

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra invites families to take a virtual trip around the world with the DPO Woodwind Quintet this summer. The five members of this ensemble will introduce young audiences to composers from over a dozen different countries by performing works that these composers have written that give us a feel for the music and the culture of their homelands. Travel along with the DPO as they explore the world, from Europe to Africa to Asia to the Americas, for an enriching and exciting virtual summer vacation.

2) Who Is the Brass Family?
July 20, 2020 at 10 am
Dayton Philharmonic Brass Quintet:
Charles Pagnard, trumpet
Alan Siebert, trumpet
Aaron Brant, horn
Chad Arnow, trombone
Timothy Northcut, tuba

Five members of the DPO Brass section, known as the Carillon Brass, take the stage together to give families a behind-the-scenes look at these amazing instruments. Eager audiences will learn the role of each instrument in the brass family and hear up close the beautiful music each instrument delivers. The Carillon Brass musicians will explain the roots of each instrument and the richness each adds to an orchestra or to this dynamic quintet. They will share the extreme variety of styles that brass instruments can convey, and they will delight audiences with a concert of lively brass melodies.

3) Shapes, Steps and Stories
August 3, 2020 at 10 am
Karen Russo Burke, choreographer
Dancers of the Dayton Ballet

Dayton Ballet invites families of all ages to step inside the world of ballet and learn how simple shapes help make ballet steps that then become beautiful dances. Ballet dancers only uses steps and shapes to express who they are. They do not speak, yet their movements tell stories overflowing with emotion. Join us in our first-ever virtual performance as professional dancers of Dayton Ballet demonstrate how they train and then perform sections from some of the most compelling story ballets of all time, including Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose, Cinderella, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker!

DPAA Summer Stream – DPAA REPLAYS (for Philharmonic, Opera and Ballet enthusiasts)

1) Beethoven No. 9
June 26, 2020 at 8 pm
(from September 2018 Season Opening Spectacular)

Kasia Borowiec, soprano
Noragh Devlin, mezzo-soprano
John Pickle, tenor
Justin Hopkins, bass-baritone

Dayton Opera
Dayton Philharmonic
Dayton Ballet
Dayton Opera Chorus
Dayton Philharmonic Chorus

Audiences will experience multiple expressions of Beethoven’s genius—orchestral, solo vocal, choral, and choreographic—in this unique realization of his landmark Symphony No. 9 in D minor, a work that many regard as the very apotheosis of Western music. The DPAA draws from the advantages of all three art forms in this Replay stream, presenting this work in a multimedia version that combines concert audio with still photographs and video clips of this electrifying production.

2) Selections from Gandolfi’s The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
August 14, 2020 at 8 pm
(from October 2016)
Dayton Philharmonic

Near Dumfries, Scotland, landscape architect Charles Jencks, and his wife, Maggie Keswick, an expert on Chinese gardens, designed the Garden of Cosmic Speculation. The garden “uses nature to celebrate nature through nature.” This home of science as garden and garden as science inspired American composer Michael Gandolfi’s 2009 work The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. With the garden and its theories as his muse, Gandolfi created an energetic and innovative piece that never really allows the listener to predict what will be heard next. This Replay stream features the Philharmonic’s 2016 performance of Gandolfi’s imaginative and evocative music combined with dazzling images of the garden that reflect the music’s structure, content, and beauty.

3) Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose
August 28, 2020 at 8 pm
(from April 2019)
Dayton Philharmonic
Dayton Ballet

The classic story of Sleeping Beauty was first performed as a ballet in Russia in 1890, with music from the famed composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The story of the beautiful princess, her guardian fairies, the evil spell of the darkened slumber, and the magic kiss has been passed down through generations. Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke presents her own magical vision of this story, influenced by the artwork of Gustav Klimt. The Replay stream is a multimedia presentation blending still photographs and video clips of the Dayton Ballet’s production to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s musical accompaniment.

On the date of the performance, audiences can click on the link to the concert at www.DaytonPerformingArts.org and then sit back and enjoy the shows from the safety and comfort of their own homes. For more information or to order subscriptions to the DPAA’s upcoming 2020–2021 Celebrate Season, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.DaytonPerformingArts.org.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year “Music Alive” grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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