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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Folk Rhythms, Great Masters, Offers Special Ticket Pricing to All Area Educators in Appreciation for Their Passion and Dedication to Students

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (January 20, 2015) – On Friday, February 6, 2015 and Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director Neal Gittleman, will present Folk Rhythms, Great Masters, the sixth concert in the Premier Health 2014-2015 Classical Series. This concert features DPO Principal Harpist Leslie Stratton as she performs an exquisite Harp Concerto by Alberto Ginastera.

As a way to show immense gratitude and appreciation to area educators, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance would like to invite current teachers, librarians, and homeschool parents from the Dayton and Miami Valley region to attend either performance of Folk Rhythms, Great Masters for a special price of $14 for the best available seats in the house.  This price is valid for active educators (preschool through high school) on a first-come/first-served basis as long as seats are available.  To reserve tickets, educators may call (888) 228-3630 and mention "teacher weekend" when speaking with the Ticket Center Stage agent.  Please provide school, homeschool network or library designation.

Dayton Philharmonic opens its performance of Folk Rhythms, Great Masters with Felix Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas Overture. The motto of this story is “When someone wants you to do something for free, remember that if they don’t pay for it, it’s yours.” Time: 1839. Place: Leipzig, Germany. Occasion: A benefit performance of Victor Hugo's drama Ruy Blas. Local promoters wanted Mendelssohn to write some incidental music – free, of course. Mendelssohn read the melodrama, hated it, and wrote a small chorus piece for it instead. It seems that the promoters (beggars) subtly criticized his work (wanted to be choosers). Upset with the entire thing, Mendelssohn nonetheless wrote an overture in less than three days that remains to this day a favorite of knowledgeable concertgoers around the world.

Considered one of Latin America’s most important classical composers, Argentinian Alberto Ginastera wrote his Harp Concerto in the period between 1956 and 1965, a time he considered to be his period of neo-expressionism. The piece opens with a movement marked allegro gusto (fast, yet exact) that surprisingly concludes with an extremely soft, quiet passage. The second movement, molto moderato (moderately fast), blends the woodwinds and harp (sounding much like a piano) into a reverie-like passage. The final movement, liberamente capriccioso—vivace (freely, in a whimsical or fanciful style, lively), shows off the entire range of the harp’s versatility. DPO Principal Harpist Leslie Stratton portrays Ginastera's musical vision, especially the call-and-answer aspect of the extremely fast portion of the final movement, with consummate skill and unabated brilliance.

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony has been called joyful, abstract, rhythmic, trendsetting, and even convention-breaking. Wagner referred to it as "the apotheosis of dance." It’s almost as if Beethoven had never heard of Franz Josef Haydn or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With such a marked departure from the comfort of accepted standards, you might think that Beethoven would have thought twice about the idea of breaking new ground.

If he had, neither he, the musicians who premiered it, nor the patrons who first heard it performed gave any such indication. Actually, quite the reverse proved true. The second movement proved so instantly popular that the audience called for its encore; in fact, its immediate success and popularity caused the second movement to be performed quite often completely detached from the rest of the symphony as if it were a symphony unto itself. Not surprisingly, Beethoven called it one of his best works. He conducted its premiere in 1813, waving his arms around with great fervor and jumping up in the air at the playing of each forte passage. Had the instrumentation called for a guitar, doubtless the guitarist would have allowed Beethoven either to break it into pieces on the rostrum or burn it. Maybe even both.

Tickets for Folk Rhythms, Great Masters range from $11 to $61 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, military, and student discounts are available at the box office. For more information on upcoming 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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