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DPO Symphony Sundaes Presents Mozart & the Romantics - Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss


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DAYTON, OH (March 27, 2014) – On Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3 pm in the Scottish Rite Cathedral at the Dayton Masonic Center, Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the final Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Concert Mozart & the Romantics featuring DPO Principal Horn Aaron Brant. This series is sponsored by One Call Now.

When you hear the opening strains of the first work performed in this concert, you’ll need to resist the temptation to start throwing rice. Why? Since it was written, this work has probably been played as many times as there have been weddings. We’re talking about Felix Mendelssohn’s overture for Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s hard to imagine today that Mendelssohn wrote it for a play, since it is used mostly to accompany a bride and groom on their trip away from the altar and out of the church. Not knowing that it would one day become as integral a part of most weddings as vows (but knowing a good thing when he heard it, nonetheless), 16 years later Mendelssohn made the romantic overture part of some incidental music he wrote for a later production of Shakespeare’s play. 

Dizzy Dean used to say, “If you can do it, it ain’t braggin’.” And Richard Strauss could play a horn. His father, an accomplished principal horn for the Munich Court Orchestra, provided the motivation and the genes, and young Richard spent countless hours practicing and learning to play the instrument. He knew as well how to incorporate the horn effectively in all his compositions. His Horn Concerto No. 1 is moderate in its harmony, but unabashed, youthfully vital, and recklessly extravagant in its melody. DPO Principal Horn Aaron Brant will perform the Strauss Horn Concerto.

His furious production of compositions during the summer of 1788, less than three years before his death, might leave one to believe that Mozart had some premonition of his pending fate. This time period is when Mozart composed his final and longest symphony, the Symphony No. 41*, dubbed “Jupiter” by an impresario of the era. The summer of 1788 also witnesses Mozart’s writing of his Symphonies No. 39 and 40, respectively, in the two months preceding his composition of No. 41. However, his haste did not result in waste. 19-century English music writer and founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians Sir George Grove wrote of Mozart’s Jupiter, "It is the greatest orchestral work of the world which preceded the French Revolution.”

Symphony Sundaes is a unique concert concept. Featuring an entirely different and more intimate feel, Symphony Sundaes concerts are a shorter, more manageable length of family-friendly classics with no intermission; instead there's a relaxed "ice-cream social" sponsored by Graeter's, where you can meet and greet DPO musicians after the concerts. Concerts are performed in the elegant Scottish Rite Cathedral at the Dayton Masonic Center. Free parking, too!

As Neal Gittleman often says of Symphony Sundaes, “It’s The Three Bs – Bach, Beethoven… and Black Raspberry.”

Tickets for Mozart & the Romantics range from $14 to $24 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office.

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*No. 42 in Discover Classical WDPR/WDPG’s 2013 Top I00 List of Classical Favorites

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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