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DAYTON, OH (January 16, 2013) – On Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Debussy Chamber Classics, the fourth Special Event in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season. Then, on Friday, February 8 at 8 p.m., the same repertoire will be presented in DPO’s Demirjian Classical Connections Series format at Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre.

DPO top instrumentalists step into the spotlight for an evening of luminous chamber music on Thursday. Maestro Neal Gittleman will host Friday’s concert with his unique perspective on the composer’s featured works. Both concerts feature seven of the DPO’s finest music musicians in performance: Concertmaster (Principal Violin) Jessica Hung, Principal Second Violin Kirstin Greenlaw, Principal Viola Sheridan Currie, Principal Cello Andra Lunde Padrichelli, Principal Piano Joshua Nemith, Principal Flute Rebecca Tryon Andres, and Principal Harp Leslie Stratton Norris.  

The concerts feature five chamber works by Debussy: his String Quartet in G minor; Piano Preludes; Cello Sonata; Flute, Harp, and Viola Sonata; and Violin Sonata. This is Debussy at his most intimate, tracing his own personal development as a composer:  The program follows multiple phases of Debussy's artistic evolution: first the String Quartet from his early career, followed by several Piano Preludes, and finally his three late sonatas for diverse instruments.

An extremely famous and influential composer of impressionist music, Claude Debussy helped classical music make the leap to the modern era. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is reputed to have warned Igor Stravinsky to stay clear of Debussy’s music “Don’t listen to it,” Rimsky-Korsakov said, “otherwise you risk getting accustomed to it and end up liking it!” Consider yourself warned.

Debussy Chamber Classics general seating tickets at the DAI Renaissance Auditorium are $20 and Classical Connections Series at the Schuster Center are $9 to $39. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. More information is available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at


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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