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An enchanted evening

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein” The members of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra are all volunteers, playing for the love of the music By Tim Smith The music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II forever changed the Broadway landscape beginning in the 1940s, contributing shows and songs that […]

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A little Czech music

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Czech Republic’s Bennewitz Quartet will perform in Yellow Springs Bennewitz Quartet members (L-R) Štěpán Ježek, Štěpán Doležal, Jakub Fišer, and Jiří Pinkas are a classically balanced team By Tim Smith  The Bennewitz Quartet is one of the top international chamber ensembles, a status confirmed not only by their victories in two prestigious competitions, but also […]

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That first musical journey

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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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Celebrating the Christmas season with song

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Holiday Concert this Saturday. Pictured: Trumpeter Tom Jacobs By Timothy Walker   For many, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas unless they’re surrounded by the beautiful sounds of holiday music favorites. Whether you’re a fan of jazz, pop, rock, […]

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Of symphony and God

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Chior will perform Messiah this Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Photo: Andy Snow By Tim Smith   It wouldn’t be Christmas without seasonal music, and Handel’s Messiah is an indelible part of the celebration. When you mention Messiah to most people, they automatically […]

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Daylight sonata

Philharmonic chamber orchestra performs Prokofiev: The Art of the Sonata By Gary Spencer One of the great things about the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the many innovative and creative programs they present, whether it be the Dayton Ballet, Opera, or the Philharmonic. In the case of the latter, the Dayton Philharmonic 2017-18 season is […]

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Sax appeal

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Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet interpret chamber music and more Photo: Project Fusion (l-r) Matt Evans, Matthew Amedio, Michael Sawzin, Dannel Espinoza, By Tim Smith   Music groups often have humble beginnings, from a bunch of guys jamming in a garage, to more formal settings. The Project Fusion saxophone quartet was formed when all four members were students at the […]

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It was 500 years ago today…

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Dayton Philharmonic explores Mendelssohn & The Reformation’s religious overtones The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; photo: DPAA By Gary Spencer European classical music has a storied history of being intertwined with God, the church, and religious faith in general. There were many reasons for this – many composers were well known for being devout men of faith, […]

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Symphony scribe

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Wright State lecturer Dennis Loranger turns program prose for Dayton Philharmonic into art form Photo: Lecturer Dennis Loranger; photo: courtesy Chris Snyder By Jim Hannah If you’re taking in a symphony by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the guy you want to sit next to is Dennis Loranger. The Wright State University music historian will likely know more about […]

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First string

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Local guitar instructor Jim McCutcheon wins Governor’s Award for arts education By Jim Hannah Photo: Jim McCutcheon, also known as ‘The Guitar Man,’ teaches lessons at his shop, WSU, and UD; photo: Erin Pence A sign in the front window of McCutcheon Music says, “Just Play.” That’s exactly what owner Jim McCutcheon has been doing since […]

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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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‘Voices of angels’

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Celtic Woman treads new, classic territory at the Schuster By Alan Sculley Photo: Celtic Woman’s (l-r) Tara McNeill, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon perform Friday, April 21 at the Schuster; photo: Naomi Gaffey   Being a singer in Celtic Woman had been a long-held dream for Éabha McMahon. Now, after more than a […]

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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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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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Swan song

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Escher String Quartet returns to close the 2016 Vanguard Concerts season By Gary Spencer Music and performing arts organizations are a hard thing to sustain. Often times they are based out of nonprofit endeavors and have to rely on donations from the public. People in the public can be fickle as tastes change, trends come […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]