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Lead me to Das Lied

DPO performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO concertmaster Jessica Hung A pianist once told me if I really wanted to get to know Beethoven’s music, I should listen to his string quartets. Beethoven’s musical soul is on full display in those sixteen works, he […]

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The Bee Gees are back

DPO and Stayin’ Alive anchor dazzling Bee Gees tribute By Patrick Suarez Photo: The Dayton Philharmonic and Stayin’ Alive present One Night of the Bee Gees on Oct. 3 at the Schuster Center Some people have a knack for recognizing potential. Brian Epstein, the troubled manager of the Beatles, had that knack. In early 1967, […]

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Sharing the Spotlight

Dayton’s Performing organizations’ “American Mosaic” weekend By Pat Suarez Photo: The Dayton Ballet will perform dances set to Aaron Copland’s “The Red Pony” and The Tender Land; photo: Scott J. Kimmins A century ago, corporations made donations to the performing arts automatically. Companies and the people who ran them understood and acknowledged the importance of […]

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Hung on the high wire

Jessica Hung’s “Concertmaster’s Choice” at the DAI By Pat Suarez Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung will perform her “Concertmaster’s Choice” May 17 at the Dayton Art Institute Who doesn’t love a generous helping of symphonic red meat? Seventy-some musicians filling the Mead Theater with blood-pounding fortissimos, brass blazing, percussion thundering; it’s the backbone […]

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From war trenches to piano benches

Britten’s War Requiem wages at Schuster By Pat Suarez Photo: Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart will conduct Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem by the DPO on March 13 and 14; photo: Stu Rosner The human intellect has a vast capacity for understanding and processing what we see and hear, but it has limits. One of […]

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Americans, on Paris

Springfield Symphony presents Paris When it Sizzled By Pat Suarez Photo: Guest pianist Alexander Schimpf will perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for their Paris When It Sizzled program It was called “The Great War,” the war to end all wars. It lasted from 1914 to 1918. More than 16 million military and civilians died, […]

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s local, global outreach

Coordinated with Welcome Dayton, diverse offerings with Epic Journeys this weekend By Pat Suarez Photo: Composer and DPO Artist in Resident Stella Sung; photo: Jacque Brund Human beings are the ultimate dichotomy. We are both generous and stingy. We sacrifice our goods and time, even our lives, and we withhold from those in need to […]

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Dayton’s other orchestra

25 years of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra By Pat Suarez Photo: MVSO founding conductor Ron Kindell conducts a rehearsal of MVSO’s 25th season opening concert production of Le Mis   In 1976, a group of us caravanned to Missouri to hear the St. Louis Symphony perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. After the concert, […]

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This orchestra kicks brass

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents music of Chicago By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO Associate Conductor Patrick Reynolds Creativity always has a parent. No matter how unique an artist might be, he or she always had an influence, some trigger that inspired the artist to find his own voice and style that evolved from its muse into […]

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Joyful noise

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra closes season with Beethoven’s great Ninth By Pat Suarez Photo: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Ninth on May 16 and 17 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center Try this: Put a blank sheet of musical staves (those five horizontal, parallel lines separated by four spaces), enough for an orchestra’s woodwinds, […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]