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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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Thrill me, Amadeus

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates Mozart’s legacy By Pat Suarez Photo: Violinist and concertmaster Jessica Hung; photo: Scott Kimmins Almost a decade ago, I invited a friend to a Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performance of Gustav Mahler’s dense and thrilling Symphony No. 6. My friend had a long history of performance of classical music with a mid-major orchestra, […]

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Classic cuts

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mozart & Beethoven at Masonic Center By Pat Suarez Photo: Ludwig van Beethoven Here’s how extraordinary the more than two dozen piano concerti of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are: E. Dane Harvey – French horn player, Mozart aficionado and raconteur – once said when he listened to a Mozart symphony, he was always waiting […]

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A good time, period.

Stories and Dreams at the Schuster Center  By Pat Suarez Photo: Nancy Cartwright will narrate “The Dot and the Line” during all three performances, March 7-9 In his 1942 opera Capriccio, Richard Strauss explored whether music or words were more important within the context of opera. In its concert series, Stories and Dreams, which runs Friday, […]

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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]