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An American in Springfield

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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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Questioning the answers

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Challenges abound in The Other Place at Dayton Theatre Guild The cast of The Other Place (L-R) Mark Sharp, Kayla Graham, Amy Askins, and Jamie McQuinn By Jacqui Theobald Complexity can come in short pieces, such as Sharr White’s The Other Place, now at The Dayton Theatre Guild. It only takes 80 minutes to create […]

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The horizon and beyond

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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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A Few Good Men delivers genuine intensity

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Intimate Dayton Playhouse production is suitably lean and mean Col. Nathan Jessep (B. Lee Drew) swears to tell the truth. (Bailiff played by Ron Maurer) By Allyson B. Crawford | Photos By Art Fabian “What I love about community theatre is that it is local,” explains Dayton theatre regular Jennifer Lockwood. “You may find a […]

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On The Cutting EDGE

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DPAA Program Reaches Out To New Audiences EDGE performers Thomas Sobieski (violin), Kim Trout (viola), Christina Coletta (cello), and Leslie Stratton (harp—not pictured) perform in Yellow Springs By Tim Smith The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance continually strives to introduce their various organizations to a wider audience. One of their newest programs is called EDGE, and […]

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Shave and a haircut

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Dayton Opera to present Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Rosina (Alyssa Martin) and Count Almaviva (Carlos Enrique Santelli) get an earful from Figaro (Jarrett Ott) during rehearsal By Eric Street  |  Rehearsal Photos By Scott Robbins “Figaro! Figaro! FI-GA-RO!” Mischief and matchmaking run wild when opera’s most famous barber returns to Dayton’s Schuster Center Mar. […]

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Stepping is believing

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Traditions explored with Step Afrika! at Victoria Ndlamu is a traditional dance of the Zulu people at Step Afrika!. Photo: Sekou Luke By Arnecia Patterson For arts organizations in Dayton, one of the conundrums of audience building is the prominence and consistency of where performances are held. Theatres and auditoriums, like stadiums and arenas, have […]

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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 Golden Age of dance

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DCDC kicks off its fiftieth anniversary season Urban Milonga, (L-R): Sheri “Sparkle” Williams, Nabachwa Ssensalo-Harris, Alexis Britford-Suggs, LaMoi Hedrington, Dorse Brown and (back) DeMarcus Akeem Suggs perform Alvin Rangel’s work “Urban Milonga,” Photo: Scott Robins By Arnecia Patterson Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s single evening performance at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 24 will be […]

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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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Intimacy, identity, and ambition

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Human Race Theatre presents steamy “Sex with Strangers” By Jacqui Theobald It takes about twelve minutes for the first sexual involvement between the two writers to begin; it takes two acts to understand how insecurities, trust, and support are equally dynamic and exciting. The 2009 play “Sex with Strangers” by Laura Eason features a near […]

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The Schuster’s alive…

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with “The Sound of Music” Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer singing to the von Trapp children. Photo: Matthew Murphy By Tim Walker How DO you solve a problem like Maria? It’s a fair question, a timeless one, and it has been asked by generation after generation.  With a never-ending appeal that spans several decades, the […]

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Gonna have some hot stuff baby this evenin’

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphony Night Fever” fundraiser Theme Party Fun like Bathtub Gin – Emily McEvoy attendee at 2016 Grapes & Escapes theme night By Tim Smith The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has been entertaining and educating the Miami Valley for 74 years, with a mixture of classical and pop music. It’s also heavily invested […]

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From Zebra to Zeppelin

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The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra brings “The Music of Led Zeppelin” to the Schuster Center (Back L-R) Brent Havens, Powell Randolph, George Cintron (Front L-R) Allegra, Randy Jackson, and Dan Clemens By Tim Walker In the 1970s, there was no bigger music group in the world than Led Zeppelin. The band members were shameless – louder, […]

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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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A lady’s charm never fades

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Muse Machine’s “Hello, Dolly” at Victoria Theatre Muse Machine cast of “Hello, Dolly”  with Sarah LiBrandi (center) as Dolly. Photo: Daniel Rader By Dr. Jill Summerville Hello, Dolly is an American musical that epitomizes the best of America itself. It’s irreverent without being shallow, exuberant without being bombastic, and irresistible without being aloof. It’s startling, […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]