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UD goes to bat with operetta Die Fledermaus By Eric Street Photo: Johann Strauss II, ‘The Waltz King,’ in 1876 Revenge, deception, flirtation, and the irresistible lilting melodies of Johann Strauss II are in store when University of Dayton students and faculty unite to stage his best-known operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat). “Operetta is perfect […]

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When you wish…

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Disney on Ice ‘Dares to Dream’ at Nutter Center By Tim Smith Photo: Talent recruiters choose from skaters all over the world to present the magic of Disney on Ice Disney on Ice has been entertaining audiences the world over since it debuted in 1981 as “Walt Disney’s World on Ice.” It grew out of […]

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Bespoke dance

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Gesturing to the griot in Body Talk By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Sheri ‘Sparkle’ Williams translates the words of playwrights to dance; photo: Mike Claire In the concert world, when dance represents current movement, ideas, music, and people, it is often called “contemporary”; onstage, it animates the reality of our immediate world—abstract or literal. Dance can […]

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No need for introductions

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Chick Corea Trio graces Cinci By Tim Walker Photo: Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea (back), and Brian Blade; photos: Andrew Elliott To jazz lovers, Chick Corea is a man who truly needs no introduction. The pianist and composer released his first album, Tones for Joan’s Bones, 50 years ago, and he has been writing, performing, and […]

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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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The rocking Irish

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Rockin’ Road to Dublin at the Victoria Theatre By Tim Smith Photo: Dancers (l-r) Rachael Greico, Brea McGaffey, Ashley Smith, Maired Stillson, and Deirdre Robinett kick up the intensity of Irish dance Mention Irish dance to most people and Celtic visions usually come to mind. Thanks to two enterprising entertainers named Chris Smith and Scott Doherty, […]

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Master Class

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Human Race lives up to its name By Jacqui Theobald Maria Callas, a vaunted opera singer of the mid-20th century, had a life filled with turmoil and challenge. Terrence McNally, a prolific playwright, opera and musical theater lover, never created a play exactly like this one—part biographical, using recorded performances, and part introspective, imagined reflections. […]

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Getting back to happy

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Dayton Theatre Guild fills up for “Last Gas” By Jacqui Theobald “Last Gas” by John Cariani concerns a man who hopes to be happy, a teen son caught between his dad and his mom, and two women and a man who want him in both funny and serious moments. Director Debra Kent calls it “a […]

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‘Holiday’ at the theatre

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Dare 2 Defy presents American Idiot By Joyell Nevins Bring on the grunge. Bring on the grit. Leave the kids at home. It’s time for drugs, sex, rock and roll and a lot of unrest with Dare 2 Defy’s (D2D) production of American Idiot, from the Green Day album of the same name. The show […]

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On Stage

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Murder mysteries, wizards and new seasons By Jacqui Theobald “Black Coffee” at Xenia’s X*ACT The proud little community theater at 45 E. Second St. in Xenia concludes its present season, focused on murder mysteries, with one of Agatha Christie’s very first plays, “Black Coffee.” Tony Copper directs. Performances are May 27-29 and June 3-5. A […]

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Boogie Downton

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Bach Society of Dayton presents the Music of Downton Abbey By Gary Spencer Often times classical music performances can be pretty standard fare—you walk into the concert hall or recital space, take your seat, the orchestra or chamber ensemble plays, audiences clap—it doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But this coming Sunday the Bach Society […]

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Swan song

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Escher String Quartet returns to close the 2016 Vanguard Concerts season By Gary Spencer Music and performing arts organizations are a hard thing to sustain. Often times they are based out of nonprofit endeavors and have to rely on donations from the public. People in the public can be fickle as tastes change, trends come […]

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The hedgehog

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Two-day Brahms Fest with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra By Pat Suarez Johannes Brahms is such a household name in the world of classical music that he needs no introduction. Or does he? This was a composer who wrote 160 works, and yet most concert-goers know him only as the guy who penned four symphonies, three concerti, […]

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Yeas vs nays

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History repeats itself with 1776 at the Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald That old cliché, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,” may have instead a pleasurable re-acquaintance when The Dayton Playhouse brings the figures of the Declaration of Independence to life beginning May 6 running weekends through May 22. Anyone who may […]

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International Jazz Day

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Keigo Hirakawa Trio performs at Gilly’s By Tim Walker The local jazz music scene, the Keigo Hirakawa Trio, and Gilly’s Jazz nightclub in downtown Dayton: three local treasures, all of which are coming together April 30 to celebrate International Jazz Day. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated April […]

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Brought to you by the letter ‘B’!

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Bach, Beethoven and Brahms By Gary Spencer A classic piece of music is one that stands the test of time and endures for generations to come. In the case of classical icons such as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, their works continue to be wildly popular centuries after those composers’ deaths […]

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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, […]