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DPO Presents Musical Fables and Tales Narrated by the Voice of Bart Simpson, the Second Concert in its Family Series


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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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DAYTON, OH (February 21, 2014) – On Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Musical Fables and Tales in the DPO 2013–2014 Season DP&L Foundation Family Series.  The program includes familiar and whimsical music from Candide and Mother Goose, a performance of the great William Tell Overture, a delightful animated film complete with score written by DPAA’s composer-in-residence Stella Sung, and a special appearance by guest narrator Nancy Cartwright.

The Overture to Candide, which includes many melodies from Leonard Bernstein's popular comic operetta, opens the afternoon.  According to Joan Peyser's biography of Bernstein, this overture is one of the most frequently performed pieces of orchestral music by a 20th-century American composer.

The DPAA's composer-in-residence, Stella Sung, contributes the score for Atlas' Revenge, a short animated film produced by the Visual Language Unit of the University of Central Florida's School of Visual Arts and Design.  Atlas, a goldfish living above the canals of Venice, must find a way to save his world after his owner buys a new—and possibly deadly—tank cleaner.

Selections from Maurice Ravel’s delightful Mother Goose follow.  Originally written as a piano duet for a six-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son of a friend, this work continued a tradition begun when Ravel dedicated an earlier work to the children’s parents.

The afternoon continues 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 for this mathematical love story, and Nancy Cartwright, native of the Dayton area and well known as the voice of Bart Simpson, brings her flair for engaging voiceovers to narrate how the dot falls for a squiggle, requiring the line to change his shape to compete and win back the fickle dot.  To complement Nancy Cartwright’s wonderful narration, projections of Norton Juster’s original illustrations from The Dot and the Line will be featured above the stage of the Mead Theatre.

Gioachino Rossini's exciting William Tell Overture, best known to many as the theme music for The Lone Ranger of radio and television, concludes this performance of Musical Fables and Tales.

Come early at 2:00 p.m. for pre-concert fun and activities.   DPAA is proud to present Q the Music, a youth orchestra comprising 40 students from Ruskin Elementary School, who will perform on the DP&L Stage in the Wintergarden at 2:20pm.   There will also be an instrument “petting zoo”, a craft table, and a scavenger hunt.

Tickets for Sunday’s Family Series concert are $12 to $19 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and 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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