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One woman, one act

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Mary Lou Quinlan’s “The God Box” at UD By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Writer Mary Lou Quinlan will perform her one-woman play, “The God Box,” March 30-31 at University of Dayton “I let myself fall into my feelings and it was exciting to share this story about love,” Mary Lou Quinlan, writer/performer says of her one-woman […]

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Sax and swagger

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Gerald Albright comes to the Schuster By Mike Ritchie Photo: Gerald Albright will perform on March 27 at the Schuster Center; photo: Lori Stoll He’s been called one of the biggest stars in R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz while earning a well-deserved reputation by world known artists as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, […]

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On Stage

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Focus on the child within by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Town Hall Theatre of Washington Township presents “Snow White and the Prince” through March 22; photo: Ron Lambert “Peter Pan” lands locally for the weekend of March 19-22 and continues April 2-12 at Wright State University’s Festival Playhouse. Nobody does musical theatre better than the Wright State […]

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New brain, new perspective

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UD Theatre’s thought-provoking new musical by Tara Pettit photo: Christopher Delanis as “Gordon”; photo: L.E. D’Agostino The University of Dayton (UD) theatre program’s 2015 production season is a series with an intertwining theme that explores the need for deep personal reflection. The theme continues on March 20 with a new musical that looks at the […]

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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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Not at all grown up and ready to dance

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Dayton Ballet presents “Peter Pan” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet presents “Peter Pan” March 20-22 at the Schuster Center; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Ah, the idyll of childhood; who wants to fly with fairies and romp with friends as the possibility of slaying the evil that represents adulthood lurks? The fictional character Peter […]

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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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From war trenches to piano benches

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Britten’s War Requiem wages at Schuster By Pat Suarez Photo: Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart will conduct Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem by the DPO on March 13 and 14; photo: Stu Rosner The human intellect has a vast capacity for understanding and processing what we see and hear, but it has limits. One of […]

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What’s in a name?

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” come to the Vic By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be presented March 10 through March 22 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins If “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” seems a challenging title to remember, just consider it’s […]

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The shape of jazz to come

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Blood, Sweat & Tears headlines Beavercreek’s annual Weekend of Jazz By Rusty Pate Photo: Musician Jeff Coffin gives students pointers at Weekend of Jazz 2013 Many might view jazz as a strictly intuitive musical form. The classic stereotype of a sweaty horn blower with eyes closed and a furrowed brow blasting off a series of […]

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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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Come Helen Highwater

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Bluegrass tag-team including Balsam Range at MU By Joyell Nevins Photo: Balsam Range will perform Saturday, Feb. 28 at Miami University, Hamilton What is the mark of a truly great musician? Is it someone who plays for the joy of playing and the love of music – not for the money and glory? If so, […]

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Where were you when…

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UD theatre presents “One Sunday in Birmingham” By Janell R. Ward Photo: Gloria Humphrey, who plays the lead role, and her mother Dalisse Humphrey, also a cast member; photo: James Wynn It was a Sunday morning when four girls lost their lives. That morning, in 1963, the girls arrived at the 16th Street Baptist Church […]

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Young toes and orchestral pros

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Sleeping Beauty awakens Dayton Masonic Center By Melissa Markham Photo: The Gem City Ballet and Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March; 1 photo: Andy Snow As classic a fairytale as it is a ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a miraculous birth, a bitter […]

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Americans, on Paris

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Springfield Symphony presents Paris When it Sizzled By Pat Suarez Photo: Guest pianist Alexander Schimpf will perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for their Paris When It Sizzled program It was called “The Great War,” the war to end all wars. It lasted from 1914 to 1918. More than 16 million military and civilians died, […]

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Collective vision

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Willis “Bing” Davis, the EboNia Gallery, and Shango By Joyell Nevins Photo: Artist Willis “Bing” Davis works on a project in his studio Reach high and reach back. That advice from Willis “Bing” Davis’s mother has kept him reaching for the stars and reaching back to help his Daytonian brothers for the last 55 years. […]

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