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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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Victoire Visits Dayton

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Five Friends Blend Compositional, Musical and Performance Skills By Joe Aiello Victoire. It’s the French feminine of Victoria. And since the name doesn’t provide a clue to the group’s music, I listened. The female quintet’s latest CD is Cathedral City (New Amsterdam Records). The cut “A Door in the Dark” features a laconic keyboard line […]

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Everything Old is New Again

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DPO presents Wizard of Oz with Orchestra By Joe Aiello   “Dreams can come true again, when ev’rything old is new again.” So goes the refrain from the song “Everything Old Is New Again,” as featured in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 […]

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A Tempest in a Tea Set

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DPO Presents The Music of Pink Floyd with Windborne By Joe Aiello Shakespeare’s Juliet posed the question “What’s in a name?” Apparently a lot. Consider the name Pink Floyd. It means music, of course.  Not merely music, however, but music described as conceptual, influential, innovative, philosophical, progressive, psychedelic, psychological — trippy. As most rock bands […]

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Celebrating with the greatest generation

DPO presents Radio Holly Days By Joe Aiello Tom Brokaw coined it the Greatest Generation, those Americans who grew up during the Great Depression, fought in WWII and made a tide-turning material contribution to the war effort at home. Born 11 months before Pearl Harbor, I can barely recall the war. But I can remember […]

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Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]