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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents music of Chicago By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO Associate Conductor Patrick Reynolds Creativity always has a parent. No matter how unique an artist might be, he or she always had an influence, some trigger that inspired the artist to find his own voice and style that evolved from its muse into […]

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Ain’t that America

Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s American Style By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 4 For centuries, musicians have taken on the task of answering the question; just what is “American” music? The challenge, both intellectual and creative, stems from a desire to represent an American ideal, and […]

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Joyful noise

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra closes season with Beethoven’s great Ninth By Pat Suarez Photo: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Ninth on May 16 and 17 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center Try this: Put a blank sheet of musical staves (those five horizontal, parallel lines separated by four spaces), enough for an orchestra’s woodwinds, […]

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The world on a string

Cellist Cicely Parnas at the Dayton Art Institute By Gary Spencer Photo: Cellist Cicely Parnas will perform on April 11 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Christian Steiner It’s sometimes been said many young adults have wisdom beyond their years. In the case of cellist Cicely Parnas, this young musician seems to have had the skills […]

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Class act

Springfield Symphony Orchestra rocks the ‘Classics’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Conductor Peter Wilson will direct the 72-piece Springfield Symphony Orchestra; photo: John Hazlett Some things stand the test of time. Some things become tried and true. Over time, such things tend to be referred to as “classics.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a “classic” can be […]

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A good time, period.

Stories and Dreams at the Schuster Center  By Pat Suarez Photo: Nancy Cartwright will narrate “The Dot and the Line” during all three performances, March 7-9 In his 1942 opera Capriccio, Richard Strauss explored whether music or words were more important within the context of opera. In its concert series, Stories and Dreams, which runs Friday, […]

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Passion and pathos

Springfield Symphony Orchestra to perform two Tchaikovsky pieces By Sara Mastbaum Writing about Tchaikovsky from an office with views of snowy rooftops just seems right. After all, Russia isn’t known for its temperate climes. It’s fitting, then, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra should present their concert of Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D-Major” and Symphony No. 6, […]

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From Russia with love

Miami Valley Symphony’s Russian Masters By Gary Spencer Photo: The Miami Valley Sympony Orchestra presents its Russian Masters concert Feb. 16-17 Russia is a country rich in cultural history. From architecture to literature to this year’s Olympic games, Russian culture continues to make a resounding impact all around the world. The same goes for the great […]

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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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Can you Handel it?

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Judas Maccabeus  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Judas Maccabeus at the Dayton Masonic Center on Nov. 24 When it comes to George Frederic Handel and the holidays, the “Messiah” is king (no pun intended), at least, in the 21st century. Back in Handel’s […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]