Beethoven’s 5th and Tchaikovsky

Schuster Center

8:00 pm Friday, October 4, 2019

8:00 pm Saturday, October 5, 2019

Take Note preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. with Neal Gittleman and Stewart Goodyear in the Mead Theatre

KEVIN PUTS Inspiring Beethoven
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5


Neal Gittleman launches his 25th anniversary as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra with showstopping music!

Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear (“a phenomenon” ~ Los Angeles Times) solos in Tchaikovsky’s blockbuster Piano Concerto No. 1, whose breathtaking pyrotechnics and soaring melodies make it an enduring audience favorite. Like so many works by the great composers of the past, the conception and development of this concerto were not exactly smooth and straightforward. Fortunately, Tchaikovsky persevered and delivered this musical masterpiece.

Then, Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony—rising from those four unmistakable opening notes—sweeps you along from tragedy to triumph, from darkness into radiant light. The work as a whole remains one of the most highly regarded orchestral works of the repertory, promising a journey of power and transcendence!

Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Kevin Puts’s Inspiring Beethoven raises the curtain on this glorious season opener. The work is, in Puts’ words, “a musical tale, completely imagined, of Ludwig van Beethoven finding the inspiration to compose the first movement Vivace of his Symphony No. 7.”

There may not be a more perfect classical line-up with which to open Neal’s twenty-fifth season!

Olive W. Kettering Memorial Concert | Stewart Goodyear, piano soloist

Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association – Masterworks Series Sponsor

DP&L Foundation – 
DPAA Innovation Partner – Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts

Bob Ross Auto Group – Official Automobile Dealership of the DPO

Generous Annual Support