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The Voice of Bart Simpson Meets Tchaikovsky in an Evening of Captivating Stories and Enchanting Dreams


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DAYTON, OH (February 19, 2014) – On Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Stories & Dreams in the DPO 2013-2014 Signature Season’s Premier Health Classical Series. The program includes music by Carl Maria von Weber, Robert Xavier Rodríguez, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, with a special appearance by guest narrator Nancy Cartwright.

The storytelling begins with a visit to Bohemia during the period in which the Thirty Years' War is winding down.  This is the scenario for Der Freischütz (The Freeshooter), Carl Maria von Weber’s three-act opera, for which Weber used German folk music as his inspiration for much of the piece. Because it is based on a folk legend that deals with the supernatural, rich with emotional styles that can be a bit dark at times, many critics at the time considered it the first important German Romantic opera.

By contrast, a lighter story follows with a very unique reading of author Norton Juster’s The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.  The tale is your typical "line loves dot, line loses dot, line gets dot back" story. Composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez has written a beautiful score that highlights the drama of this mathematical love story. Nancy Cartwright, native of the Dayton area and well-known as the voice of Bart Simpson, brings her flair for engaging voice-overs to narrate how the dot falls for a squiggle, requiring the line to change his shape to compete and win back the fickle dot.  Be prepared for a surprise guest conductor to take the stage and lead the DPO in her very own interpretation of a television theme song you are likely to recognize. 

The evening concludes with the magical dream weaving of master storyteller Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  When Tchaikovsky wrote his Symphony No. 1 in 1866, it had brought him more exertion and pain than he ever had previously known. Tchaikovsky realized that the piece was, in his own words, "…in many ways very immature, yet fundamentally it has more substance and is better than any of my other more mature works." The symphony’s four movements are entitled Dreams of a Winter Journey; Land of Desolation, Land of Mists; Scherzo; and Finale. Tchaikovsky dedicated the symphony to pianist, conductor, and composer Nikolai Rubinstein.  As we bid farewell to winter in the Miami Valley, may the Winter Daydreams of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 give way to the long-awaited spring that is in many of our own dreams this year.

On both concert evenings at 7 p.m. in the Mead Theatre, DPO Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds will conduct a Take Note pre-concert discussion. Take Note is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteer Association.  

Tickets for Friday’s and Saturday’s classical concerts are $9 to $59 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the 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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