DAYTON, OH (September 17, 2021) – On Friday, October 1, 2021 and Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra open the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s 2021‒2020 Season with a Masterworks concert entitled, Beethoven’s Eroica: A Salute to Heroes. The DPO is pleased to welcome to the stage acclaimed violinist Philippe Quint for this performance. This opening concert is the 2021‒2022 William S. Anderson Memorial Endowed Concert.
As Dayton returns to a “new normal” with LIVE music, the Dayton Philharmonic begins with a salute to the heroes of the pandemic—the first responders, medical personnel, delivery drivers, and all those whose jobs suddenly carried greater risk—Austin Jaquith’s driving musical portrait Heldenleben 2020, or “Heroic Life 2020.” Two themes, each representing heroism, form the backbone of the work. The first is a quotation from the work’s titular inspiration, Ein Heldenleben, and represents ancient heroes; the second portrays our modern heroes, with a score that is more pulsating and restrained, with occasional outbursts of melody. The work isn’t a narrative tone poem as much as it is a musical journey, and Jaquith has dedicated the piece to every hero who suffered as a result of the Coronavirus.
The evening continues with Felix Mendelssohn’s masterful Violin Concerto in E minor. While this concerto is not Mendelssohn’s first violin concert (he wrote one in D minor when he was just a teen), it is most certainly his more famous one, and, in fact, considered to be one of the most important works to tackle as an accomplished violinist. Returning to the DPO is acclaimed violinist Philippe Quint, who takes the spotlight for the sparkling jewel of a concerto. A multi-Grammy Award nominee, Quint is internationally recognized for his unique and insightful approach to standard repertoire, and BBC Music Magazine has recently described him as “truly phenomenal” and “a throwback to the glory days of Fritz Kreisler.”
Heroism also marks the music of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, originally dedicated to Napoleon before he crowned himself emperor, but then furiously retitled “Sinfonia eroica, Composed to Celebrate the Memory of a Great Man.” From bolts-out-of-the-blue opening chords to exhilarating finale, the Symphony’s majesty and drama, extraordinary scope, and bold harmonies all proclaim a new era in music.
The DPAA is excited to welcome audiences back to the 2021–2022 Season. The health and safety of patrons, performers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Beginning October 1, 2021, in partnership with DPAA’s venue partner Dayton Live, the following new health and safety protocols will be in place at all performances and events until further notice:
- Vaccination – Proof of vaccination (vaccination card or a photo of card on phone), along with a valid ID, must be presented by all attendees.
- Testing – If you have not been fully vaccinated for any reason, you must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test (within 72 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (within 24 hours) of performance.
- Masks – Masks will be required for all patrons over the age of 2 during entire visit while attending a DPAA performance or event. Mask must cover both nose and mouth.
- Age Restrictions – Children under the age of 12 are exempt from providing proof of a COVID test in order to attend.
Tickets for Beethoven’s Eroica: A Salute to Heroes start at $14 and are available at the box office by calling (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.
About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) 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 greater Dayton community, with a mission to be the community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music. The vision of the DPAA is to transform lives through the power of music and dance. The DPAA offers a wide variety of performance and education programs, setting a new standard for artistic excellence. DPAA performances reach an audience of more than 90,000 people annually, and their rich arts education programming serves over 60,000 schoolchildren in 150 schools in the Miami Valley. These performances and education initiatives are made possible in part through major support provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the National Endowment for the Arts.