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DAYTON, OH (January 22, 2013) – On Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present North Meets South, the fifth concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season’s Premiere Health Classical Series.

As guests of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, current teachers, librarians, and home school parents in the Dayton region are invited to attend either performance of North Meets South featuring guest violinist Chad Hoopes. To sign up for up to two complimentary tickets, go to  

“The DPAA is privileged to witness the hard work of a wide range of teachers in our area,” explained Gloria Pugh, Director of Education for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. “We see it every day when we are in schools and civic venues, working with many teachers and volunteers to bring the wonders of music to area students.”

The concert opens with The Chairman Dances, a piece composer John Adams excerpted from the third act of his opera, Nixon in China. Close your eyes and try to imagine: it’s 1972, and President Nixon is at a presidential banquet on a state visit to China. Suddenly, Madame Mao enters the hall and Chairman Mao climbs down from his official portrait and dances a fox trot with her!

Composer Édouard Lalo wrote Symphonie Espagnole for 30-year-old violinist Pablo de Sarasate, who premiered it in Paris in 1875. The piece evokes prototypical Spanish passion which was all the rage at the time; Bizet’s Carmen premiered the next month. More a sinfonia concertante than a symphony, the piece has a vibrant, Spanish feel; fluid, beautiful melodies; and an abundant exhibition of violin legerdemain. Enter guest violinist 18-year-old Chad Hoopes.

At his age, Hoopes is certainly no longer a “child prodigy.” However, when he began his promising career as a student of the violin in Minnesota, he was all of four years old. More study followed under David Cerone and Joel Smirnoff at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Then Chad hit the road. He won first prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and was the third artist-in-residence in the history of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. And he has performed with the Vancouver, San Francisco, Utah, Pittsburgh, Houston, and San Diego Symphonies and the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras. He lives in Cleveland where he’s in his final year of high school.

It wasn’t so much that composer Jean Sibelius hated Russia as much as it was that he loved his native Finland. His family had its roots in Sweden; nonetheless Sibelius’s Finnish patriotism was passionate, indeed. In time all of his compositions seemed to bring his fellow Finns together in a spirit of heartfelt patriotism; none more so than his Symphony No. 2 in D Major, also known simply as Finlandia. It became the unofficial national anthem of Finland. A fact testified to by the Finnish senate that awarded him an annual remuneration lasting long past the time he stopped composing.

On both concert evenings at 7 p.m. in the Mead Theatre, DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman will conduct a Take Note pre-concert discussion. Take Note is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteer Association.  

Tickets for North Meets South range from $9 to $59 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office.

The DPAA would like to thank the following Education Underwriters for their support:

Dayton Philharmonic
Q the Music: Ms. Alice W. Benedict; Armotte H. Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee; Dr. Charles and Patricia Demirjian; Robert and Leta Fairbank; Iddings Foundation; Laurie and David Leach; Steve and Lou Mason; Rotary Club of Dayton Foundation; Walter and Marcia Wood; Carlene M. Bennett; Peter and Anne Camm; Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Coblentz; Sally Ekkins; Carol and Don Erwine; Datta and Namrata Gaitonde

SPARK: Mr. Charles D. Berry; The Berry Family Foundation; Community Foundation for Kettering; Charles E. Hoffman Music Fund of The Dayton Foundation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Martha Holden Jennings Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank M. Tait Foundation

Adventures in Sound Ensembles: Mr. Charles D. Berry; The Physicians and Staff of The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton; Charles E. Hoffman Fund of The Dayton Foundation; Miami County Foundation; Target Corporation; Tipp City Area Community Foundations; The Troy Foundation

Magic Carpet Concerts: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hone; PNC Foundation; The Troy Foundation

Young People's Concerts: Mr. Charles D. Berry; MeadWestvaco Foundation; The Troy Foundation

Additional Education Designated Donations: C & M Rubber Company; Joyce E. Dean and Mary Ellen Batiuk; Qingbo Huang and Jin Hong; Mr. Louis Levin; Jeff and Judy Treadway

Dayton Opera
Opera on the Road: Fath Properties; Iddings Foundation; The Opera Guild of Dayton; Target Corporation; Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund

Dayton Ballet
Young Audience Program: Vectren


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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