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Swan song

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

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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Brought to you by the letter ‘B’!

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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The girls are back in town

Vanguard Concerts’ DAI series proudly welcomes back Claremont Trio By Gary Spencer If I have ever noticed any trends in Dayton, one that stands out in my mind is that if you’re a musical group that plays here and you’re a big hit with the audience, you keep coming back. That certainly seems to be […]

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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ By Gary Spencer Photo: The DPAA presents Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 20; photo: Andy Snow It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Frank Sinatra once sang, and there are so many traditions during this time—decorating trees, hanging stockings, leaving stale cookies and spoiled milk for Santa […]

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Cantata to contemporary

Bach Society of Dayton salutes American masters By Katrina Eresman Photo: Music Director John Neely will lead the Bach Society of Dayton in Salute to American Masters on Oct. 25 at Kettering Adventist Church Dayton, as our readers likely know by now, is full of surprises. It always seems to have something up its sleeve, […]

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Americans, on Paris

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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The perfect art of chamber music

Vanguard Concerts presents clarinetist Narek Arutyunian By Rick Eichhorn Photo: Narek Arutyunian will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the DAI; photo: Christian Steiner When talking about all the work and effort that’s gone into more than 52 years of Vanguard Concerts, George W. Houk wants to make one thing perfectly clear: “It’s been […]

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The closest you’ll get

John Pizzarelli does Sinatra and Cole at the Schuster By Rick Eichhorn Photo: John Pizzarelli [left] and his father, Bucky Growing up, John Pizzarelli’s father emphasized the importance of always being a consummate professional. Using sports analogies, his father would say things such as, “you always got to deliver the ball,” emphasizing it didn’t matter […]

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Not your grandparents’ chamber music

Sybarite5 string quintet at UD By Sara Mastbaum Photo: [l to r] Louis Levitt, Sarah Whitney, Laura Metcalf, Sami Merdinian and Angela Picket of Sybarite5; photo: Braun & Tomlinson With their torn jeans and pouty photos filtered à la Instagram, Sybarite5 isn’t your average chamber ensemble. They rock with Mozart, roll with Radiohead and aren’t afraid […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]