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A Golden Age of dance

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DCDC kicks off its fiftieth anniversary season Urban Milonga, (L-R): Sheri “Sparkle” Williams, Nabachwa Ssensalo-Harris, Alexis Britford-Suggs, LaMoi Hedrington, Dorse Brown and (back) DeMarcus Akeem Suggs perform Alvin Rangel’s work “Urban Milonga,” Photo: Scott Robins By Arnecia Patterson Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s single evening performance at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 24 will be […]

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A little Czech music

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Czech Republic’s Bennewitz Quartet will perform in Yellow Springs Bennewitz Quartet members (L-R) Štěpán Ježek, Štěpán Doležal, Jakub Fišer, and Jiří Pinkas are a classically balanced team By Tim Smith  The Bennewitz Quartet is one of the top international chamber ensembles, a status confirmed not only by their victories in two prestigious competitions, but also […]

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Intimacy, identity, and ambition

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Human Race Theatre presents steamy “Sex with Strangers” By Jacqui Theobald It takes about twelve minutes for the first sexual involvement between the two writers to begin; it takes two acts to understand how insecurities, trust, and support are equally dynamic and exciting. The 2009 play “Sex with Strangers” by Laura Eason features a near […]

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The Schuster’s alive…

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with “The Sound of Music” Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer singing to the von Trapp children. Photo: Matthew Murphy By Tim Walker How DO you solve a problem like Maria? It’s a fair question, a timeless one, and it has been asked by generation after generation.  With a never-ending appeal that spans several decades, the […]

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Gonna have some hot stuff baby this evenin’

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphony Night Fever” fundraiser Theme Party Fun like Bathtub Gin – Emily McEvoy attendee at 2016 Grapes & Escapes theme night By Tim Smith The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has been entertaining and educating the Miami Valley for 74 years, with a mixture of classical and pop music. It’s also heavily invested […]

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From Zebra to Zeppelin

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The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra brings “The Music of Led Zeppelin” to the Schuster Center (Back L-R) Brent Havens, Powell Randolph, George Cintron (Front L-R) Allegra, Randy Jackson, and Dan Clemens By Tim Walker In the 1970s, there was no bigger music group in the world than Led Zeppelin. The band members were shameless – louder, […]

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Getting the band back together

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Bluegrass legends NewFound Road reunite at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre Rob Baker, Tim Caudill, Tim Shelton, Jr. Williams By Matt Clevenger It’s been more than a decade since the original members of NewFound Road have shared a stage in Ohio. Now the wait is finally over, and the legendary bluegrass act is reuniting for a special […]

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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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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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Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!

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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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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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]