DAYTON, OH (December 10, 2019) – On Friday, January 10, 2020 and Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the fourth concert of the 2019–2020 Masterworks Series, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. The Masterworks Series Sponsor for the 2019-2020 Season of Titans is the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.
Dayton Philharmonic Concertmaster Jessica Hung steps into the solo spotlight for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a towering creation of dramatic impact. In fact, some violinists have dubbed this challenging concerto their “Mount Everest.” Scaling this musical mountain lets performers reveal their emotional depth in its lyrical passages and their technical mastery in its dazzling fireworks.
The Symphonic Dances were latter-day Romantic Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last orchestral work…and what a magnificent swan song it is! Listen for the haunting sound of an alto saxophone, tubular bells, mysterious evocations of Russian Orthodox chants, and his signature Dies irae.
The concert opens with Lili Boulanger’s lovely mini–tone poem Of a Morning in Spring, channeling impressionist sonorities. Madame Lili Boulanger was the sister of composer French composer, conductor, and teacher Madame Nadia Boulanger, who left a lifelong impact on one of her more notable students in the Gem City: Maestro Gittleman himself!
Tickets for Beethoven and Rachmaninoff begin at $12 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (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 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.