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Dayton Philharmonic Shines a Spotlight on Enigmatic Russian Composer Sofia Gubaidulina, Served with a Scoop of Graeter’s

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DAYTON, OH (March 26, 2015) – On Sunday, April 26 at 3 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 Gubaidulina: The Mystic, the fourth and final concert in the 2014–2015 Demirjian Classical Connections Series. The DPAA Innovation Partner for the performance and all performances this past season is the DP&L Foundation - Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.  Supporting sponsor for this series is Graeter’s.

In the unique Connections format of first-half description and explanation and second-half performance, DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman gives unique insight into the composer, the music, and the interpretation. 

When Russian-Tatar composer Sofia Gubaidulina wrote Stimmen... Verstummen... (Voices… Silence…) in 1986, she composed it as a twelve-movement symphony, rather than one of four movements. The longest movement is slightly more than eleven minutes, but most are much shorter, several lasting less than one minute. Closing one’s eyes and listening carefully, the work can indeed sound as though it were a conversation between different instruments and orchestra sections. It is notable that the conversation is primarily genial and that it uses silence as an instrument section in its own right. For example, the actual climax to the work occurs in the ninth movement (and at the end of the twelfth), as the conductor conducts, but the orchestra doesn’t play.

A casual Question-and-Answer session follows the concert.  Concertgoers are invited to enjoy a free scoop of ice cream from Graeter’s following the concert as well.

Tickets for Gubaidulina: The Mystic range from $11 to $41 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more on this performance or any other 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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