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Angela Whitehead Interim Communications & Media Manager Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra 126 N. Main St., Suite 210, Dayton OH 45402 O: (937) 224-3521 x1138  F: (937) 223-9189

DAYTON, OH (September 15, 2014) – On Friday, September 26 at 8 pm and Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the first concert in the 2014–2015 Premier Health Classical Series From Russia With Love, featuring the music of three Russian composers. Then on Sunday, September 28, at 3 pm in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center, Maestro Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the first 2014-2015 Demirjian Classical Connections Series concert Tchaikovsky: The Romantic, with support from Graeter’s. Heralded by both the New York Times and as “brilliant”, violinist Chad Hoopes returns to the DPO stage for the full weekend to celebrate Russian music like never before.  Weekend sponsor for all three performances is the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

Although still in his teens, violinist Chad Hoopes has become a regular guest artist with the DPO. With hundreds of live performances with many of the world’s great orchestras to his credit, Chad is no longer looked on by concert audiences and critics as a mere wunderkind, but rather as a respected member of the classical community of truly talented virtuosos. He has recently released a new CD featuring concertos by Adams and Mendelssohn, and he has been praised by as being “particularly good at controlling the violin's highest range, his playing always clean and polished…with technical brilliance and unflagging energy”.  Chad’s CD will be available for purchase in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center before and after each weekend concert.

For the Classical Program on Friday and Saturday, Maestro Gittleman has selected pieces from Rimsky-Korsakov, Schelle, and Tchaikovsky.  When Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composed his Le Coq d’Or Suite, he had no idea that he was writing music to die for.  At the time, Russia was unknowingly in the waning days of a history of centuries of oppression by czarist regimes, the end of which would come with the infamous October Revolution of 1917. However, ten years prior, Rimsky-Korsakov burned with a desire to shine a musical spotlight on the calamitous tsarist regime, and he completed a three-act opera based on Alexander Pushkin’s poem The Tale of the Golden Cockerel. The opera tells the tale of a fictional King Dodon, a thinly disguised caricature of the then-current Czar, who ultimately meets with an appalling end. The result of Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical political protest was an official government ban, the effect of which arguably contributed to his untimely death fourteen months before the work’s first public performance.

We’ve all been there at one time or another—unable to sleep because of some major, impending event for which we will be held responsible: a job interview, a speech to a large group of people, a tax audit.  In 1991, composer Michael Schelle put the anxiety, bad dreams, and hopeful supplications inherent in such a situation to music in a fifteen-minute piece titled The Big Night. Here’s the scenario: a young violin virtuoso faces her first performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto before a live audience. At the end of all this musically depicted anxiety, snippets of music from the actual concerto and several other of Tchaikovsky’s works are heard just before the musician finally falls asleep to a lullaby-like strain.

And almost as if destiny has preordained it, the Classical program will conclude with a young violin virtuoso tackling Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. Additionally, this piece will be the main focus of the Classical Connections Concert on Sunday in which DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman analyzes each movement, with a unique format of first-half description and explanation and second-half performance.  Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto debuted in 1881, performed by a relatively young violinist by the name of Adolf Brodsky, and the critics had mixed reactions to it, many of which were not positive.  Strangely enough, no one remembers who the critics were. Perhaps that is because the Tchaikovsky concerto has since become one of the most often performed staples of the classical virtuosic performance archive.

A variety of pre-performance events are set to bring additional insight and entertainment as the DPO celebrates this weekend of Russian music:

*         September 20-28, 2014 – Russian Cultural Display – Schuster Center – View timelines of Russian history, an exhibition of stunning Russian photographs, and a beautiful display of Russian Matryoshka Nesting Dolls and other Russian cultural pieces in the Orchestra Lobby and the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center.

*         September 26, 27 and 28, 2014 – Savory Russian-themed Menus – Citilites Restaurant and Dayton Racquet Club – Savor delicious menus with a Russian theme at both Citilites Restaurant and Dayton Racquet Club on each evening before the performance.

*         September 26 and 27, 2014 – Take Note Talks for “From Russia with Love”- Schuster Center Mead Theatre – Join Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the young, talented Guest Violinist Chad Hoopes to learn more about the passionate music of Tchaikovsky.  Talks begin at 7:00 p.m. both evenings in the Mead Theatre. 

*         September 26 and 27, 2014 – Captivating Russian Dance – DP&L Stage – Schuster Center Wintergarden – Enjoy pre-show performances by Hard Core Vintage, a dance troupe which will perform cultural Russian Ballroom Dance from 19th century Russia, setting the stage for the celebration of Russian Music inside the Mead Theatre.  Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

*         September 28, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. – Pre-performance Talk – Schuster Center Donor’s Lounge – Join Dr. Joseph Schenk of the University of Dayton for an engaging and fascinating lecture on Russian culture ranging from the beginning of recorded history of the region through modern-day Russia.  Light refreshments will be provided during the talk.  Russian bites will be available for purchase at Citilites Restaurant in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center before and after the talk.

*         September 28, 2014 – Post-performance Q&A and Ice-cream Social –  Schuster Center Wintergarden – Join DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman following the performance for a casual Q&A and an Ice Cream Social with a free scoop of Graeter's.

Tickets for From Russia with Love range from $11 to $61 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Tickets for Tchaikovsky: The Romantic range from $11 to $41, and are also available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit

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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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