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Puzzles? Galileo? A Garden in Scotland? It All Fits Together When DPO Performs "The Art of Transformation"

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON, OH (December 16, 2013) – On Thursday, January 9, and Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present The Art of Transformation in the DPO 2013-2014 Signature Season’s Premier Health Classical Series. The fourth classical program includes Vincenzo Galileo and Ottorino Respighi’s Gagliardi from the first suite of Ancient Airs and Dances, music from Michael James Gandolfi’s The Garden of Cosmic Speculation and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

On Friday, January 10, at 8 p.m. the third concert in the Demirjian Classical Connection Series features a discussion and performance of Michael James Gandolfi’s The Garden of Sound following a performance of Vincenzo Galileo and Ottorino Respighi’s Gagliardi. In this unique concert format, Gittleman will explain the how science and music play into Gandolfi’s composition followed by the performance.

Ottorino Respighi was not only a composer but also a musicologist, and he knew his sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian music extremely well. He published music written by the likes of Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. He even concerned himself with music written by Galilei’s father. That’s right—lute player, composer, and music theorist Vincenzo Galilei had sired the “father of modern physics,” Galileo Galilei, transforming the family’s claim to fame from music to science.

Self-taught guitarist Michael James Gandolfi transformed himself from a potential garage-band rock star to an American composer of contemporary classical music. Leaning on rock and jazz influences, Gandolfi enjoys writing about scientific subjects (sounds as if he might be a relative of the Galileis). His work titled The Garden of Cosmic Speculation concerns itself with a multi-acre sculpture garden in southwest Scotland. When you listen to the piece, close your eyes, and try to imagine a garden where nature and man-made artifacts coexist in—what else?—harmony.

When it came to transformation, English composer Edward Elgar was a genuine master. Killing time after a day of teaching, Elgar started to improvise musical caricatures of his friends. His wife saw the originality in this exercise, and she encouraged him to see it through. The result was his truly original Enigma Variations. The piece comprises 14 such musical profiles, in which Elgar uses either differences or alterations in musical structure and tone as well as musical representations of human characteristics and peculiarities to paint portraits of his friends. The Enigma Variations consists of extremely delightful, heartfelt music that transformed one man’s love of family members and friends into one of the most enjoyable puzzles ever known, musical or otherwise.

On Thursday and Saturday’s concert evenings at 7 p.m. in the Mead Theatre, Gittleman will conduct a “Take Note” pre-concert discussion. “Take Note” is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteer Association. Joining the discussion will be Marty Grunder, Grunder Landscaping President and CEO.

Tickets for Thursday’s and Saturday’s classical concerts are $9 to $59 and Friday’s tickets are $9 to $39 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and at Senior, teacher and student discounts are 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 proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  

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