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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Invites Audiences to Consider Life’s Epic Journeys this January

Inspired Music from Scotland to Russia, Composed by Brilliant Artists with Roots from Europe to Asia

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (December 8, 2014) – On Friday, January 9, 2015 and Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present Epic Journeys, the fourth concert in the Premier Health 2014–2015 Classical Series.

The program begins with Loco-Motion, an engaging piece of music composed by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Dr. Stella Sung.  “Loco-Motion was inspired by the idea of a high-speed train and how the view of the outside world rapidly changes as the train speeds towards its destination point,” said Dr. Sung.  “The music constantly shifts in small increments and 'chunks,' and its quickly changing rhythms and meters continually provide movement and motion.”  In June of 2013, the DPAA and Dr. Sung, an international award-winning composer, were recipients of the Music Alive grant from New Music USA, which has commissioned Dr. Sung to produce new works for Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as Composer-in-Residence for three seasons.

The second work on the program, entitled Scottish Fantasy, was composed by Max Bruch, a German Romantic composer; dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate, a Spanish Romantic Period composer and violin virtuoso; premiered in England; and arranged in four movements as a fantasy on Scottish folk tunes.  Interestingly enough, this homage to Scotland that Bruch composed comes from a man who had never even visited the country!  Bruch’s Epic Journey, in this case, was merely a journey in his mind, a fantasy indeed. Add to the sundry origin of this piece the fact that the harp, the national symbol of Ireland, has a very prominent part accompanying the violin soloist. With such a colorful background story, this piece comes together as one of the most beloved works in the solo violin repertoire. DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung brings her considerable talent to the presentation of a masterful interpretation.

When Dmitri Shostakovich decided to write a large symphony in which he could poke fun at the recently deceased Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, he was able to do so only because the stringent policies Stalin had in place censuring Soviet composers had loosened. Under Stalin’s regime, Shostakovich’s work was decried more than once by the official communist party, state-owned newspaper Pravda, by Stalin’s order. Now that Stalin was gone and Shostakovich could move around a bit better politically, Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 10 in E minor, featuring in its allegro section music that is at once powerful, furious, menacing, intimidating, and above all, an inspiration.

Tickets for Epic Journeys range from $11 to $61 and are 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


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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