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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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You should see it, you should hear it

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Dare 2 Defy rocks the Schuster Center with The Who’s “Tommy” Dare 2 Defy’s cast rehearsing for “Tommy” (L-R) Darren Brown, Naman Clark, Melissa Hall, Angie Thacker, Brennan Paulin, Paul Hahn, Chavin Medina, Garret Young, Samantha Creech, Tyler Smith, Jamal Cann, Natalie Sander, Jesse Trieger.  Photo: Brett Norgaard By Dr. Jill Summerville Though numerous jukebox  […]

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Mixed feelings over mixed drinks

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents “Stella and Lou” Dayton Theatre Guild’s Adam Clevenger playing Donny, Geoff Burkman playing Lou, and Amy Taint playing Stella in “Stella and Lou” By Jaqui Theobald January is the perfect time to enjoy the story of a relationship between two mature adults. There’s a funeral for nostalgia, a younger man’s upcoming […]

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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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Thought-provoking

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The Cline Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Simeon Estes “Cut It Out”, chalk By Tim Smith The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has always showcased and encouraged local artists in the pursuit of their artistic visions. Every year it holds numerous exhibits that give Dayton area artisans free expressionistic reign. One of its […]

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Cabaret Tour

“Cabaret” live at Kuss Auditorium Kyra Christopher (center) plays the saxaphone with the ensamble of Cabaret By Tim Smith In the musical theatre universe, there are many shows that are considered timeless. Some are legendary for their story, some for the songs that became standards, and some for their impact on pop culture. “Cabaret” seems […]

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Defending dreams

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Playground Theatre’s The Tutors at Schuster Playground Theatre’s cast for The Tutors (l-r) Ryan Grissett (Milo) Jenna Gomes  (Heidi) A.J. Breslin  (Joe) Boyang Zhang (Kwan) Skyler McNeely (Toby) By Dr. Jill Summerville You’re having that dream again. No, not the one you have in bed that you’re ashamed to tell your parents. This is the […]

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Shut up and dance

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Zoe Dell Nutter inspires Wright State dance students Mrs. Nutter (left) with scholarship recipient, sophomore, Jacob Shade (right) By Jim Hannah   As 102-year-old Zoe Dell Nutter watched the leotard-clad Wright State University dance majors go through their paces, Nutter’s days of dancing with the San Francisco Ballet bubbled to the surface of her memory. […]

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Living fantasies and losing dreams

December theatre offerings By Jill Summerville   Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (based on his novel), Sinclair Community College Taking its title from the temperature at which books supposedly burn, Ray Bradbury’s play, based on his 1953 novel, shows what our society will become if people accept easy answers instead of pondering difficult questions. In […]

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‘Tis the season to be nutty

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Dayton Ballet’s annual holiday treat Photo: The Nutcracker ensamble dances as snowflakes in the pine forrest By Arnecia Petterson Images by Scott Kimmins   When The Nutcracker ballet had its 1892 premier in St. Petersburg, Russia, critics viewed it unfavorably for its mass appeal and circus-like atmosphere. It was categorized “ballet-féerie,” a spectacle created to appeal […]

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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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Little Women, largely music

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Dare 2 Defy produces musical with little drama Little Women cast (l-r) Lindsay Sherman as Meg, Samantha Creech as Amy, Jessi Stark as Beth, and Melissa Hall as Jo. Photo: Mackensie King By Jerome Yorke Dare 2 Defy opened Little Women the Broadway Musical last weekend and on Saturday afternoon, performed for a full house in the […]

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Now you see it…

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The Illusionists live on stage at Clark State Jeff Hobson, The Trickster, interacts with an audience member on stage in The Illusionist’s act. Photo: Joan Marcus By Tim Smith  Audiences have long been fascinated by magic and the art of illusion. It’s been a popular form of stage entertainment from Harry Houdini to Siegfried and […]

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A wintery walk through history

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Wonderland Windows from Rike’s on display at Schuster The Toyland window display at the Schuster. Photo: Diane-Schoeffler-Warren. By Tim Smith If you lived in Dayton prior to 1999, it was a family tradition to venture downtown every December to ooh and aah over the animated window displays at Rike’s Department Store on the corner of […]

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Holiday in dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s The Littlest Angel Countess V. Winfrey and Matthew J. Talley in DCDC’s production of The Littlest Angel.  Photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson As children’s stories go, The Littlest Angel’s florid language can be read aloud as an undulating lullaby. Charles Tazewell, who wrote the story in 1946, crafts long, winding […]

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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 […]