The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will join together this summer 2021 with churches in the greater Dayton area to celebrate the human spirit through the universal medium of music with a virtual Stained Glass Concert Series for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 2020-2021 Season.

The Dayton Philharmonic’s Stained Glass Concerts are part of a series of community outreach efforts called the Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts in honor of the late Mrs. Norma Ross, a tireless advocate for the arts and minority youth. This unique season marks the 16th year that the DPO has been performing Stained Glass Concerts in the Dayton Community. The 2020–2021 Virtual Stained Glass Series Concerts are made possible by the The Harry A. Toulmin and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of the Dayton Foundation, The World Religion Foundation, and Bob Ross Auto Group.

The 2020–2021 Virtual Stained Glass Series Concerts will follow closely the traditional Stained Glass concerts from past season, which include a traditional classical symphony, music by an African-American or African-descended composer, and a gospel finale.

The DPO and participating churches invite you to join in a celebration of life-affirming energy and optimism with a presentation of classical and spiritual music to fill our worlds with joy and hope. Each concert will be premiere on a set day and time and will then be available for 2 weeks after its premiere for on-demand viewing.

The following is the summer schedule of Stained Glass Concerts:

Church                                        Virtual Premiere Date
New Season Ministry                  Sunday, June 13 at 5:30pm
Omega Baptist Church             Sunday, July 18 at 3:00pm           View concert here
Trinity Presbyterian Church      Sunday, July 25 at 3:00pm          View concert here
Inspiration Church                      TBD

Additional churches interested in participating in the DPAA Stained Glass Concert Series can contact Neal Gittleman at [email protected].

This season’s Stained Glass Concerts will feature Beethoven’s sparkling Fourth Symphony, complete with signature Beethoven stylings of infectious energy and rhythm balanced with beautiful lyrical melodies. This performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is a continuation of a celebration by the DPO of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and was recorded and presented this past fall as the DPO took the stage once again during COVID-19 to perform together in a safe and socially-distanced format in the Schuster Center.

The concert also features work by African American composer Florence Price. Price was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1927, she and her husband moved north and settled in Chicago. Price was the first African American woman to have her music played by a major symphony orchestra. However, until 10 years ago, her compositions were largely forgotten until new homeowners of her residence in Chicago were doing a renovation and found a trunk filled with her music. Since then, the compositions of Florence Price have found a new life and are being played by orchestras around the world.