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A cultural colossus

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Reflections of France By Pat Suarez Photo: Classical pianist Pascal Rogé will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for their Reflections of France concert Feb. 6 and 8 Sometimes, size doesn’t matter. Consider France. In land mass, France is smaller than Texas. But in terms of historical influence in language, politics, exploration […]

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Mendelssohn’s deep cuts

Far Excursions with DPO at Schuster Center By Pat Suarez Photo: Composer Michael Kevin Daugherty’s “Bay of Pigs” will be featured during the Far Excursions program by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra on Nov. 1 and 2 at the Schuster Center Consider what Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman has brought to his orchestra and […]

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Mahler’s Bipolar Resurrection

An Exhilarating Symphonic Soundscape By Pat Suarez Climb into the mind of the bipolar individual and you enter a roller-coaster world of unpredictable emotion, rocketing into the stratosphere and then plummeting to immobilizing depths. For nearly a quarter of a century, the bipolar collided spectacularly with musical creativity in the 5’4”, bespectacled Gustav Mahler. Perhaps […]

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MASS’ Dayton voice

A job well-done by DPO, WSU and Kettering Children’s Choir By Patrick Suarez For Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, it was a dream realized. For Dayton Philharmonic management, it was a financial and programming gamble that paid off beyond their wildest hopes. Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, performed on May 13 and 14, […]

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A Simple Song

DPO hosts Leonard Bernstein’s moving, mysterious and eminently theatrical MASS By Patrick Suarez Although from the same generation, the two men could not have been more dissimilar. One was poor, from northern Orange County in metro Los Angeles, the son of Quakers, and became president of the United States. The other was Jewish, from a […]

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The Masters at Work

Cedarville University presents their Masterworks concert By Pat Suarez In the world of classical music, Germany had Bach and Beethoven, England had Elgar and Vaughan-Williams, France had Debussy and Ravel and the U.S. had Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Even as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, there is still a segment […]

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The beauty of ‘Fidelio’

When Beethoven’s health failed him, his genius did not By Pat Suarez In 1801, Beethoven was in despair over his increasing hearing loss. In his words, “Let me tell you that my most prized possession, my hearing, has greatly deteriorated. Needless to say, I am resolved to overcome all this, but how will it be […]

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Prelude to a season

A preview of DPO’s 2011-2012 season By Pat Suarez The Greek mythological figure Prometheus was a gutsy guy. He double-crossed Zeus and returned fire to mankind that Zeus had taken from mankind. In retaliation, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock and commanded that an eagle would eat Prometheus’s liver. There’s more to this story, but […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]