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Beethoven’s Second Symphony

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Location Date and Time
Schuster Center May 19, 2023 7:30 pm
Schuster Center May 20, 2023 7:30 pm

About the Concert

Saint-Saëns once said of himself: “I produce music as an apple tree produces apples.” The First Cello Concerto is certainly a delicious example and a gorgeous vehicle for the instrument’s sonorous voice, especially as performed by young Sterling Elliott, a winner in the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. Mozart’s brief Mass (really brief!), with a “cameo” appearance by the organ, shows off our magnificent DPO Chorus. Beethoven’s Second concludes this season’s Masterworks series and our Beethoven symphony cycle. Responding to his near-suicidal anguish over growing deaf, the composer wrote to a friend: “I will seize Fate by the throat. It will not wholly conquer me!” This Symphony is the jubilant proof of his will to live.


Mozart Missa brevis in C Major, K. 259, “Organ Solo Mass” (14 minutes)

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 (19 minutes)

Beethoven Symphony No. 2 (35 minutes)

Benjamin & Marian Schuster Endowed Young Classical Artist

This performance includes a 20-minute intermission.

Featured Artists

Neal Gittleman, conductor

Sterling Elliott, cello

Vocal soloists

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Dayton Philharmonic Chorus

Take Note – Live at 6:30 in the Schuster!

Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman presents his Take Note Talk live from the stage in the Schuster Center, from 6:30-7 pm. Learn about the featured works on this evening’s program before Neal gets to the downbeat!

Take Note is generously sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

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