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Performances at 10 am and 6:30 pm to feature music of Bartók, Schubert, and Ginastera

From Romania to Austria and then onto South America, the kaleidoscopic lens of the Chamber Orchestra Series focuses on an array of color and pattern for the third concert program. Bartók’s deep love of folk music shines through in this chamber setting of his delightful dances. Schubert starts his transition from classical to romantic with this, his first first symphony. And Alberto Ginastera displays a completely unique vision of chamber music with his complex and enthralling variations.

Inspired by the gilded-age intimacy of the Victoria Theater, the Demirjian Chamber Orchestra Series provides the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with an opportunity to show off musical works specially written to sound their best in smaller settings. On Friday, March 17– at two separate performances (10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.) – DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman will conduct the music of three countries and cultures that illustrates why, indeed, music makes the world go round.

Bela Bartók spent several years researching Romanian folk music, and the result was a collection of piano pieces and his Roumanian Folk Dances, op. 56, the basis for which was Transylvanian fiddle music, the original folk melodies of which he painstakingly reproduced just as he had heard them.

Although when he lived Austrian Franz Schubert never gained fame as a composer of orchestral works, today his first symphony – written when he was only 16 – is admired and stands at the top of the symphonic output of virtually every other composer during the period 1800-1820.

The music of Argentinean Alberto Ginastera contains neither folk melodic cells, nor rhythmic cells, nor symbolism. There are, however, in the composer’s own words, “…constant Argentine elements, such as strong, obsessive rhythms, meditative adagios suggesting the quietness of the Pampas; magic, mysterious sounds reminding the cryptic nature of the country.”

The Demirjian Chamber Orchestra Series concerts are casual and easygoing, as witnessed by the fact that DPO concert partners provide refreshments before each performance. For the 10:00 a.m. performance, concert partners Boston Stoker and Mill Ridge Village will provide complimentary coffee and doughnuts, and – for the 6:30 p.m. performance – concert partner Boston’s Bistro at the Gypsy will provide complimentary pizza!