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Musical non-violence, maximum artistry

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Dayton Philharmonic, Kenji Bunch observe grim history of black incarceration By Pat Suarez   Photo: The Philharmonic joins Kenji Bunch in Supermaximum; photo: Erica Lyn Crime and punishment. Any organized society faces three tricky principles when sentencing lawbreakers: let the punishment fit the crime, make the punishment fair across society, and never allow personal points of […]

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Mid-life masterpiece

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Mahler’s Fifth raises goose bumps at the Schuster By Pat Suarez Photo: A charicature of Gustav Mahler’s Musical madness, from Illustrated Vienna. artwork: Theo Zache   1901 and 1902 were busy years for Gustav Mahler. He was the director of the Court Opera in the Imperial capital, a post in which he flourished artistically but […]

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War & Sainthood: 1930s classic ‘Alexander Nevsky’ screens at Shuster over Dayton Philharmonic’s Live soundtrack

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The two Sergeis: Dayton Philharmonic presents Sergei Prokofiev & Sergei Eisenstein’s ‘Alexander Nevsky’ By Pat Suarez Photo: 1938 ‘Nevsky’ film poster Consider today’s military warriors and the implements of battle they don. Underneath all that intimidating technology is a human being whose identity vanishes and appears to the enemy as an anti-human robot, part of […]

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1,001 stories and a jealous king

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Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical journey in Scheherazade By Pat Suarez Photo: Piano prodigy Anastasia Rizikov, 16, performs in Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s opening concert Sept. 30 at the Schuster Who doesn’t like a fascinating story? Who wouldn’t like 1,001 of them, especially if you had to make them up, one each night, just to save your life? Such […]

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The hedgehog

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Two-day Brahms Fest with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra By Pat Suarez Johannes Brahms is such a household name in the world of classical music that he needs no introduction. Or does he? This was a composer who wrote 160 works, and yet most concert-goers know him only as the guy who penned four symphonies, three concerti, […]

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Lead me to Das Lied

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Docket: 3/21

Regional police blotters, reported and interpreted By Ehron Ostendorf Editor’s Choice Hot case A fire lieutenant responded to a car […]

The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]