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DAYTON, OH (January 8, 2013) On Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the Dayton Masonic Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Ensemble Excellence, the second concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season’s Symphony Sundaes Series presented by One Call Now.

Georg Friedrich Handel was a German-born composer who worked in Germany, then Italy, before spending the rest of his life in England. So, with this quasi-International background it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that he wrote the first two movements of his Concerto Grosso op. 6 No. 11 in the structure of a French overture. The unique baroque sound abounds throughout, delighting the ear and inciting an irresistible urge to don a powdered wig.

In honor of the music he liked when he was just a kid, then 20-year-old English composer Benjamin Britten decided to use it as a jumping-off point for a four-movement work for strings. Britten created A Simple Symphony in the midst of the Great Depression, when – admittedly – the world needed to remember happier times. Openly evocative of British folk music, the work opens with Boisterous Bourée, followed by Playful Pizzicato and Sentimental Saraband and ending with a Frolicsome Finale.

The final work in this concert, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 is – along with the other five Brandenburg concerti – a bit of a fraud. Bach wrote three of these concerti long before he and the Margrave of Brandenburg (to whom he dedicated the six in the hopes of landing a job) ever met. German-born, Bach wrote the six, three-movement concerti using a fast/slow/fast tempo arrangement on each, a blatantly Italian concerto format. Other than that, the six have nothing in common, except that they are perhaps some of the composer’s finest work.
Symphony Sundaes is a unique concert concept. Featuring an entirely different and more intimate feel, Symphony Sundaes concerts are a shorter, more manageable length of family-friendly classics with no intermission; instead there's an ice cream social -- sponsored by Graeter's -- where you can meet and greet DPO musicians after the concerts. Concerts are performed in the elegant Scottish Rite Cathedral at the Dayton Masonic Center. Free parking, too!

Tickets range from $14 to $24 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office.


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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