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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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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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The perfect art of chamber music

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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

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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

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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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Latin heat

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Arturo Sandoval joins the Dayton Philharmonic for SuperPops By Rusty Pate Photo: Latin jazz legen Arturo Sandoval performs with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center In jazz circles, the trumpet holds a place of distinction. Just as the electric guitar defines rock music and the mandolin always […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]