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Pulling Classical Strings

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Media entrepreneur Pendra Lee Snyder has spent her career traveling the roads, broadcasting and writing the news, taking pride in all she creates. The Indiana State graduate is currently celebrating a decade of strings with her traveling ensemble Viva La Strings. After operating The Christian Citizen newspaper she dusted off the violin, and started playing […]

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The sound of the new Americans

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Dayton Philharmonic celebrates Bernstein Centennial at Schuster Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung By Pat Suarez Leonard Bernstein had to have been thinking, “Wow…” when, in 1947, Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins approached Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents about adapting Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the stage. Hmmm… The most enduring play of all time in […]

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An American in Springfield

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Springfield Symphony highlights 20th century American classical “Exultations” a composition by Yellow Springs native Drew Heminger will be featured. Photo: Christopher Duff By Pat Suarez Your humble author once mentioned to a conductor friend that an orchestra could present an entire season, at least a dozen concerts, of only 20th century American classical works and […]

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On The Cutting EDGE

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DPAA Program Reaches Out To New Audiences EDGE performers Thomas Sobieski (violin), Kim Trout (viola), Christina Coletta (cello), and Leslie Stratton (harp—not pictured) perform in Yellow Springs By Tim Smith The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance continually strives to introduce their various organizations to a wider audience. One of their newest programs is called EDGE, and […]

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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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Sax appeal

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Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet interpret chamber music and more Photo: Project Fusion (l-r) Matt Evans, Matthew Amedio, Michael Sawzin, Dannel Espinoza, By Tim Smith   Music groups often have humble beginnings, from a bunch of guys jamming in a garage, to more formal settings. The Project Fusion saxophone quartet was formed when all four members were students at the […]

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Symphony scribe

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Wright State lecturer Dennis Loranger turns program prose for Dayton Philharmonic into art form Photo: Lecturer Dennis Loranger; photo: courtesy Chris Snyder By Jim Hannah If you’re taking in a symphony by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the guy you want to sit next to is Dennis Loranger. The Wright State University music historian will likely know more about […]

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First string

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Local guitar instructor Jim McCutcheon wins Governor’s Award for arts education By Jim Hannah Photo: Jim McCutcheon, also known as ‘The Guitar Man,’ teaches lessons at his shop, WSU, and UD; photo: Erin Pence A sign in the front window of McCutcheon Music says, “Just Play.” That’s exactly what owner Jim McCutcheon has been doing since […]

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Musical non-violence, maximum artistry

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Dayton Philharmonic, Kenji Bunch observe grim history of black incarceration By Pat Suarez   Photo: The Philharmonic joins Kenji Bunch in Supermaximum; photo: Erica Lyn Crime and punishment. Any organized society faces three tricky principles when sentencing lawbreakers: let the punishment fit the crime, make the punishment fair across society, and never allow personal points of […]

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Mid-life masterpiece

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Mahler’s Fifth raises goose bumps at the Schuster By Pat Suarez Photo: A charicature of Gustav Mahler’s Musical madness, from Illustrated Vienna. artwork: Theo Zache   1901 and 1902 were busy years for Gustav Mahler. He was the director of the Court Opera in the Imperial capital, a post in which he flourished artistically but […]

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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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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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The girls are back in town

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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?

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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

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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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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]