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DAYTON OH (March 12, 2013) – On Thursday, April 11, and Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Beethoven: Piano Master, the seventh concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season’s Premier Health Classical Series. This glorious Beethoven weekend is sponsored by The Xcelsi Group.

These two concert programs form one half of the conclusion of a mini-festival of five Beethoven piano concerti the DPO has presented this season. The first program (Classical Series 1, Enter Beethoven) featured pianist Sarah Davis Buechner performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1; the second (Classical Series 2, Romantic Titans) featured pianist Terrence Wilson performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2; and the third (Symphony Sundaes Series 3, Piano Masterpiece, March 24, 2013) with DPO Principal Keyboardist Joshua Nemith performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3.

Beethoven: Piano Master (Thursday April 11, and Saturday, April 13) is unusual in the respect that, for this concert, the program has two all-Beethoven parts, one on each evening. April 11’s program features the Beethoven Egmont Overture, Kreutzer Violin Sonata, and Piano Concerto No. 4. DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung performs the Kreutzer, and pianist Norman Krieger, the Erma R. and Hampden W. Catterton Endowed Guest Artist, performs the Piano Concerto No. 4.

Poetic emotion and mystery are in the offing for Thursday when the heroic Egmont Overture and the Kreutzer Sonata set the stage for the Fourth Piano Concerto, one of the master's most suggestive and multi-faceted creations.

April 13’s program, the annual Olive W. Kettering Memorial Concert, features the Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Ghost Piano Trio, and Piano Concerto No. 5. DPO Principal Second Violin Kirstin Greenlaw and Principal Cello Andra Lunde Padrichelli join guest pianist Norman Krieger in the Ghost Piano Trio, and Norman Krieger performs the Piano Concerto No. 5.

Similar in concept to Thursday night's program, the evening opens with two Beethoven works in different genres: the seemingly autobiographical Coriolan Overture and the Ghost Piano Trio which earned its nickname from the eerie slow movement. Saturday evening brings the season's Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle to a satisfying and uplifting conclusion with his great Fifth Piano Concerto, nicknamed The Emperor. Grand, radiant, noble...these are expressions that do it justice, yet still fall short of describing the impact of this towering work.

On both concert evenings at 7 pm 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.  

On Friday April 12, 2013 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Beethoven’s Piano Legacy, the fourth and final concert in the Demirjian Classical Connection Series.

Did Beethoven see himself as Orpheus, taming the furies with music? The concert opens with the Orfeo ed Euridice Overture by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Music Director Neal Gittleman will reveal the connection between the Orpheus legend and Beethoven's vision of his own place in history. Then Neal’s longtime colleague, acclaimed pianist Norman Krieger joins the DPO to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concertos 4 and 5!

But wait…there’s more!

On Sunday, April 14 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra present Beethoven Lives Upstairs, the third and  final concert in the 2012-2013 Imagine Season DP&L Foundation Family Series.

Perfect for music lovers of all ages, this world-famous production features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the "madman" who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph's Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer's most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness.

Tickets for Thursday’s and Saturday’s classical concerts are $9 to $59; Friday’s Classical Connections are $9 to $39 and Sunday’s Family Series are $12 to $19 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office.


A native of Los Angeles, Norman is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair.

Norman Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America and has also been heard as guest soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Prague's Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Turkey's Presidential Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand's Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 1994, Mr. Krieger made his debut at New York City's prestigious Mostly Mozart Festival, earning an immediate invitation to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' 1995-96 "Great Performers Series."

In 1987, Norman made headlines by being named the Gold Medal Winner of the first Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition. Earlier, in 1984, he was selected to join the distinguished roster of Affiliate Artists, where he participated in the Xerox Pianists Program from 1984 to 1986. Mr. Krieger is also the recipient of the Paderewski Foundation Award, the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Prize, the Victor Herbert Memorial Prize, the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Artists Competition Prize and the Saint Louis Symphony Prize.

Norman Krieger's training began in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Esther Lipton. At age 15, he became a full scholarship student of Adele Marcus at the famed Juilliard School, from which he received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Subsequently, he studied with Alfred Brendel and Maria Curcio in London, and was awarded an Artists Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Russell Sherman.

Norman Krieger's recordings include four albums available on the Artisie 4 label: "Norman Krieger Piano Recital," with music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin; "American Piano Concertos," featuring works by MacDowell and David Wiley with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Wiley; "Raising the Roof," an album of chamber music by Haydn, Bloch, Bruch and Martinu; "The Prince Albert Chamber Music Festival," including works by Barber, Beethoven, Bizet, Chopin, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. Other releases include the two Brahms concerti with the Orchestre Symphonique Francais on the Beaufour label, an all-Gershwin album on Stradivari Classics and "Summerdays," music of Barber, Berg, Bernstein, Gershwin, Glazunov, Lehar and Mozart, from the Musical Masterworks Festival at Old Lyme, featuring Mr. Krieger and additional artists on Well-Tempered.

Norman Krieger is the founding Artistic Director of The Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii. In the spring of 1997, he was appointed Associate Professor of the distinguished faculty of the University of Southern California.

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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