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An American in Springfield


Springfield Symphony highlights 20th century American classical “Exultations” a composition by Yellow Springs native Drew Heminger will be featured. Photo: Christopher Duff By Pat Suarez Your humble author once mentioned to a conductor friend that an orchestra could present an entire season, at least a dozen concerts, of only 20th century American classical works and […]

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The horizon and beyond


Dayton Philharmonic interprets Williams’ Sea Symphony and DeBussy’s La Mer The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Neal Gittleman, will take the audience on a sea-faring musical adventure. By Pat Suarez The ocean: it is the largest collective organism on the planet, with an ecosystem that affects every living creature. It is a swirling mass […]

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That first musical journey

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra interprets Brahms at Schuster By Pat Suarez If any journey begins with the first step, a composer’s first symphony can seem like a perilous expedition, fraught with pitfalls. Chamber music, concerti, sonatas, and other works rarely have the spotlight that symphonies draw. When a composer finally publishes his or her first symphony, […]

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Less is more

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The Philharmonic presents young, modest Mozart and Mendelssohn By Pat Suarez Photo: Piano prodigy and Ohio native Gavin George performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 May 5 and 6 at the Schuster; photo: Randall Schieber Amadeus Mozart. Felix Mendelssohn. I know, the first thought that pops into your head is “dead before the age of […]

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Musical non-violence, maximum artistry


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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

10/30/10-Srella Sung, composer at the Bob Carr auditorium.

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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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]