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Victoire Visits Dayton


Five Friends Blend Compositional, Musical and Performance Skills By Joe Aiello Victoire. It’s the French feminine of Victoria. And since the name doesn’t provide a clue to the group’s music, I listened. The female quintet’s latest CD is Cathedral City (New Amsterdam Records). The cut “A Door in the Dark” features a laconic keyboard line […]

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Everything Old is New Again


DPO presents Wizard of Oz with Orchestra By Joe Aiello   “Dreams can come true again, when ev’rything old is new again.” So goes the refrain from the song “Everything Old Is New Again,” as featured in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 […]

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A Tempest in a Tea Set


DPO Presents The Music of Pink Floyd with Windborne By Joe Aiello Shakespeare’s Juliet posed the question “What’s in a name?” Apparently a lot. Consider the name Pink Floyd. It means music, of course.  Not merely music, however, but music described as conceptual, influential, innovative, philosophical, progressive, psychedelic, psychological — trippy. As most rock bands […]

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The Romance Series


The Dayton Ballet Gets Ready for Valentine’s Day By Jordan Pleasant Dayton Ballet’s 2011-2012 sequence of performances continues February 9 -12, 2012, with The Romance Series.  Filled with all things love, just in time for Cupid’s holiday, each of the three pieces on the bill displays a different dialect of dance — all based in […]

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Celebrating with the greatest generation

DPO presents Radio Holly Days By Joe Aiello Tom Brokaw coined it the Greatest Generation, those Americans who grew up during the Great Depression, fought in WWII and made a tide-turning material contribution to the war effort at home. Born 11 months before Pearl Harbor, I can barely recall the war. But I can remember […]

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Punishment and perspective

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Promethean Exploits: Three different musical takes on a mind-bending myth By Joe Aiello In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a god who angered other gods by giving fire to man. As punishment, they chained him to a rock and put a huge bird on his shoulder. The bird gnawed at his internal […]

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Playing by the numbers

DPO presents Three Dog Night: Live with Orchestra By Joe Aiello Back in ancient Rome, someone coined what is now a proverb: Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (Times change, and we change with them). That someone was probably the founder, manager, or lead vocalist of a six-piece Roman band (aulos, buccina, cornu, lyre, […]

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Unholy wedlock

DPO to perform Franz Waxman’s musical score synched to film The Bride of Frankenstein By Joe Aiello From the movie industry’s beginning, filmmakers realized the critical necessity for music as a storytelling element of motion pictures. That’s why almost all movie theaters during the Silent Era had a resident pianist to provide mood music with […]

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Song without end, love without limit

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents three unique works by three diverse composers By Joe Aiello On Thursday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present this season’s second Classical series concert Romeo, Juliet and Prokofiev, providing musical “bookends” for Prokofiev Meets Shakespeare, the Friday, […]

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A classical kickoff

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra prepares for a new season By Khalid Moss The ever-innovative Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) raises the curtain on its 2011-2012 season with a keen eye on the outstanding achievements of individuals in the spectrum of classical and pop music. Titled “The Originals,” the season fulfills the orchestra’s commitment to entertain, educate […]

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MASS’ Dayton voice

A job well-done by DPO, WSU and Kettering Children’s Choir By Patrick Suarez For Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, it was a dream realized. For Dayton Philharmonic management, it was a financial and programming gamble that paid off beyond their wildest hopes. Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, performed on May 13 and 14, […]

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The Masters at Work

Cedarville University presents their Masterworks concert By Pat Suarez In the world of classical music, Germany had Bach and Beethoven, England had Elgar and Vaughan-Williams, France had Debussy and Ravel and the U.S. had Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Even as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, there is still a segment […]

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One of these nights

DPO’s rockin’ orchestra series features ‘Music of the Eagles’ By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Conjure an image of the orchestra. Go ahead – do it. What do you see? A conductor madly waving his hands? A group of violinists pumping their bows back and forth across their strings? Audience members studiously listening to the classical rhythms of […]

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Prelude to a season

A preview of DPO’s 2011-2012 season By Pat Suarez The Greek mythological figure Prometheus was a gutsy guy. He double-crossed Zeus and returned fire to mankind that Zeus had taken from mankind. In retaliation, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock and commanded that an eagle would eat Prometheus’s liver. There’s more to this story, but […]

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Dayton Tripper

The Dayton Philharmonic and the Classical Mystery Tour By J.T. Ryder There is no real mystery about how classically magical the Beatles music is. It has become an ingrained part of our collective subconscious and a benchmark by which some rate all music and how others perform their own music. Taken in context, the affectation […]

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Celebrating Chopin

Dayton Philharmonic Salutes Master Pianist/Composer Frederic Chopin By Patrick Suarez As you examine the works that the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in its concert pair Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, you’re probably thinking, “Chopin wrote a piano concerto? He wrote two of them? He wrote for the orchestra and not just for […]

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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]