CONTACT: SHAUN YU
President & CEO
Discover Classical 88.1 WDPR & 89.9 WDPG
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DAYTON, OH (April 6, 2020) – Discover Classical and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra are pleased to announce that every Saturday night beginning on Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 pm, Discover Classical will broadcast a previously recorded concert from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for the southwest Ohio region to tune in and enjoy from the comfort of their homes. In this unprecedented time when concert halls are closed, Discover Classical and the Dayton Philharmonic are thrilled to partner together to bring the joy of music and maybe a little hope back into the lives of the greater Dayton community.

“The music of our Dayton Philharmonic is so important to the cultural life of our community,” said Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman. “So it’s a particular shame that we can’t be playing live music to lift people’s spirits, expose them to beauty, and give them hope now, when we all need it so much. These concerts from the DPO and DPAA archives are, I suppose, the next best thing until we can once again all be together in person.”

“If there is a silver lining to be found in the current turmoil surrounding the coronavirus, perhaps it’s that we will recognize and embrace the things that we sometimes took for granted, something as simple as sharing a common musical experience,” said Shaun Yu, President and CEO of Discover Classical. “It is my hope that these concerts will remind audiences of what a treasure we have in our Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and what we have to look forward to…until we can all be together again.”

Concert Night with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will air Saturday evenings at 8 pm on Discover Classical 88.1FM WDPR Dayton/ 89.9FM WDPG Greenville/ 89.1FM WUSO Springfield, and online at discoverclassical.org.

The series will begin with Neal Gittleman’s ten favorite concerts from the last five seasons. This new series kicks off this Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm with a broadcast of the previously recorded first Masterworks concert of the 2018-2019 season entitled Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring guest violinist Yevgeny Kutik. The program includes Debussy-Molinari’s L’isle joyeuse, followed by Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1, and closing beautifully with Mussorgsky-Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Concert Night with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will showcase the following concert lineup for the months of April and May:

APRIL 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from September 2018
Debussy-Molinari: L’isle joyeuse
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Yevgeny Kutik, violin)
Massenet: Thaïs Meditation (Yevgeny Kutik, violin)
Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

APRIL 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from February 2017
Bach-Schoenberg: St. Anne Prelude and Fugue
Bach: Motet #1, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir)
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

APRIL 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from March 2018
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Ballet (Dayton Ballet)

MAY 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from September 2017
Verdi: Requiem

MAY 9, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from May 2019 (John Mauceri, guest conductor)
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Bernstein: Three Meditations from MASS (Adrian Daurov, cello)
Bruch: Kol Nidrei (Adrian Daurov, cello)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

MAY 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from September 2015
Copland: El Salon México
Grieg: Piano Concerto (Emile Naoumoff, piano)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

MAY 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from January 2019
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
Mozart: Flute Concerto (Andrea Griminelli, flute)
Morricone: American Themes (Andrea Griminelli, flute)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

MAY 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm
from October 2014
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 (Spencer Myer, piano)
Mahler: “Das irdische Leben” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Mary Wilson, soprano)
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Mary Wilson, soprano)

For more information about Discover Classical’s Concert Night with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org/concert-night-with-the-dpo/ or www.discoverclassical.org/concert-night.htm.

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About Discover Classical
Discover Classical 88.1FM WDPR/Dayton & 89.9FM WDPG Greenville is Dayton, Ohio’s 24-hour public radio station devoted to classical music and fine arts information. The station makes classical music available to over a million people living in the Miami and Whitewater valleys from our transmitters in Dayton and Greenville, and across the globe via stream at discoverclassical.org. Discover Classical is among a handful of non-commercial, all-classical public radio stations nationally, reaching citizens in our community who would otherwise lack the opportunity to discover classical music or experience live performances. By preserving access to the world’s greatest and most enduring music, we help to prepare audiences of the future, introducing a younger generation to a quality music and creative experience that is becoming increasingly rare.

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.