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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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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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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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From Springfield with love

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Springfield Symphony performs Russian Passion at Kuss By Gary Spencer Russian classical music, particularly that from the 19th century, has over time become some of the most heralded eras of classical. Although Russian classical music has roots dating back to the 1600s, it was during the 1800s that Russia became a hotbed for some of […]

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Lead me to Das Lied

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DPO performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO concertmaster Jessica Hung A pianist once told me if I really wanted to get to know Beethoven’s music, I should listen to his string quartets. Beethoven’s musical soul is on full display in those sixteen works, he […]

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Good as Goldstein

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World-renowned pianist Alon Goldstein returns for Vanguard Concert Series By Tara Pettit Photo: Alon Goldstein will perform May 23 at the Dayton Art Institute as part of the Vanguard Concert Series; photo: Meagan Cignoli As the Dayton Art Institute Vanguard Concert performances continue, Gem City concert-goers will once again be moved by musical melodies that […]

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Hung on the high wire

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Jessica Hung’s “Concertmaster’s Choice” at the DAI By Pat Suarez Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung will perform her “Concertmaster’s Choice” May 17 at the Dayton Art Institute Who doesn’t love a generous helping of symphonic red meat? Seventy-some musicians filling the Mead Theater with blood-pounding fortissimos, brass blazing, percussion thundering; it’s the backbone […]

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Freedom and joy

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra closes season with Lincoln tribute By Joyell Nevins Photo: Dr. Herbert Martin will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” during the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Freedom & Joy concert “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the […]

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Melodies that move

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Escher String Quartet continues Vanguard legacy By Tara Pettit Photo: Escher String Quartet will debut at Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium as part of the annual Vanguard Concert series; photo: Laura Rose It’s no secret that at the heart of Dayton lies deeply embedded ties to decades of cultural arts and music. Dayton continues […]

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A must-reed

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Netherlands’ Amstel Sax Quartet closes CMYS season By Joyell Nevins Photo: Amstel Sax Quartet will perform on March 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs; photo: Marco Borggreve Kenny G, step aside. The Amstel Sax Quartet is in the house and ready to bring the full energy of the saxophone to Yellow Springs […]

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The land of the three faiths

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Rose Ensemble explores religious crossroads at UD By Tammy Newsom Photo: The Rose Ensemble will present Land of the Three Faiths on March 15 A major event occurred in Spain in 1492. Yes, besides that one. In 1492, Catholic King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered the Jews and the Muslims out of Spain. They were […]

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Vienna calling

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Bach Society of Dayton presents an evening of Mozart By Gary Spencer Photo: The Bach Society of Dayton performs with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; photo: Laurana Wong German-born composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is without question one of the most enduring composers of the classical era, both in terms of his enormous body of music […]

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On the tenth day of Mozart…

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart Festival By Janell R. Ward Photo: The Springfield Symphony Orchesetra presents the Mozart Festival Jan. 16-24 A ten-day Mozart extravaganza is coming soon to an auditorium near you! This year, for the first time ever, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will present a Mozart festival, which will run Jan. 16-24. “These […]

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Put a little pop in your party

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Dayton Philharmonic’s Hometown Holiday concert in Dayton and Troy By CC Hutten Photo: Sister duo Adelee and Gentry will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra during the Hometown Holidays concert, Dec. 5 and 6 in Downtown Dayton, and Dec. 7 in Troy This winter, let the phrase “home for the holidays” take on a whole […]

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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 […]