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Out-of-this-world music

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Jupiter String Quartet at Dayton Art Institute By Joe Aiello Photo: The Jupiter String Quartet will perform at the Dayton Art Institue on Saturday, May 11 Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Among other things, that means there is no place it can go to hide. Just like chamber musicians; especially those who […]

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Northern exposure

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Toledo Symphony brings Classical Thunder to Greenville By Joe Aiello Photo: The Toledo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Pollock will present their Classical Thunder program in Greenville on Saturday, April 27 On Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. in St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St. in Greenville, Resident Conductor Jeffrey Pollock and the Toledo Symphony […]

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The sounds of a master

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents the works of Beethoven By Joe Aiello Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Norman Krieger on Saturday, April 13 Here’s some really new math: 4 concert programs + 3 concert series = X. Solve for X. It is helpful if you know going in that two concert programs […]

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From Russia with [dark] love

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DPO presents Russian Masters By Joe Aiello Photo: Concertmaster Jessica Hung will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for Russian Masters on March 15-16 Remember the TV situation comedy “Cheers” about a bar in Boston and the regulars who met to have a drink, kick back, carry on a conversation and just generally have a good […]

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Universal appeal

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents North and South  By Joe Aiello Photo: 18-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes joins the DPO for North Meets South;photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Some years ago (quite a few, actually), I walked into a classroom at University Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University to take an exam in history. I would […]

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Answering the call

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Horns, heroes and home with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By Joe Aiello It will be a weekend that should make the late lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jimmy Van Heusen look down from heaven into the Schuster Center. And smile. No, they won’t hear the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra playing any of their songs. But DPO […]

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Cabin Fever

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DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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More than a month of sundaes

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DPO presents the first concert of its 2012-2013 Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series By Joe Aiello Question: What significant historical event occurred on April 3, 1892? Let’s see. What was happening in 1892? Ellis Island became the U.S. reception center for new immigrants. Mrs. William Astor invited 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion, […]

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And the beat goes on … for over 80 years

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University of Dayton Arts Series and Cityfolk present “Cuban Connections”  By Joe Aiello When I was in my teens, I had my first run-in with a set of bongo drums. You know, the kind that are in a pair, stave-constructed of wood, about eight inches high, joined together by a small slab of wood, with […]

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The ancient world: A classical perspective

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DPO presents “Divine Mother” By Joe Aiello I have often wondered how the program committees of various arts organizations come up with the repertoires for the performances they stage and present each season. Doubtless they refer to a list they must keep of past performance repertoires to avoid the possibility of duplication over short periods […]

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Family portraits you can hear

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UD Art Series presents ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Assad Brothers By Joe Aiello Most families have one – a photo of the clan assembled for a holiday gathering or the like. The hardest part is getting everyone to sit still. But an extremely gifted Brazilian composer has done one better; she has managed to […]

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All eyes on Dayton Performing Arts

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance forges its new identity By Joe Aiello “ … exciting … innovative … integral … rare … farsighted … courageous … visionary …  collaborative … nothing quite like (it) … a bold endeavor … the latest example of Ohio being a hotbed of innovation in the arts … first of its […]

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Pianos, pictures and pines

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DPO launches 2012-2013 Imagine Season By Joe Aiello Time: mid-1940s. Place: Patterson Elementary School on Wyoming Street in Dayton. A first-grader, a boy, walks home carrying a piano! Under his arm! I was that boy. And the piano in question was a hinged, poster-board replica of a keyboard that weighed little. Since we didn’t own […]

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Still Leading After All These Years

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Vanguard’s Season Climaxes with Julliard String Quartet By Joe Aiello The American College Dictionary defines vanguard as “the leading position in any field.” When Dayton area native Vince Bolling and his transplanted New York wife Elana created Vanguard, a chamber music concert series held in an art gallery and museum, it certainly wasn’t a new […]

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Twenty Something and Way Ahead of the Curve

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Talking with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concertmaster Jessica Hung By Joe Aiello You’re in your early twenties looking for a job. You know the drill: apply for listed openings, or maybe just cold turkey, submit a resume or complete an application. If you get an interview, do your best to impress. Then wait to see if […]

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Na Zdorov’ye!

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DPO Toasts to Three of Russia’s Most Talented Sons By Joe Aiello Say Russia, and many immediately think Soviet Union, Communism, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. Others think Russian Orthodox Church, Chekov, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. On Thursday, April 12 and Saturday, April 14 at 8p.m. in the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Sons […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]