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Acclaimed Guest Pianist Emile Naoumoff Reunites with Former Classmate Maestro Neal Gittleman, Joining the Dayton Philharmonic to Take Audiences on The Grand Tour of Mexico, Norway, and Russia

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DAYTON, OH (September 15, 2015) – On Friday, September 25 at 8 pm and Saturday, September 26, 2015 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 2015–2016 Premier Health Classical Series, The Grand Tour. Then on Sunday, September 27, at 3 pm in the Mead Theater of the Schuster Center, Maestro Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the first 2015-2016 Demirjian Classical Connections Series concert, Tchaikovsky’s Triumph, with support from Graeter’s. DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2015-2016 Ascend Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Acclaimed French pianist Emile Naoumoff joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as it opens its 2015-2016 Classical Series with The Grand Tour, highlighting the global, widely divergent flavors of Aaron Copland, Edvard Grieg and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Naoumoff, who has been likened to Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubenstein, has studied with the great Leonard Bernstein and with the renowned French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger, where he first met young musician Neal Gittleman, who was also studying with Madame Boulanger.  Naoumoff has performed with numerous orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Moscow Symphony. Since 1998, he has been a professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Naoumoff will showcase the beauty of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, the second work on the program, which was a major success when it was introduced in Copenhagen in 1869. The piece is one of his most ambitious and successful works and a favorite of the orchestral repertoire. To Richard H. Stein, the concerto speaks of the “joy of life, longing and youthful fire.”

The program opens with Copland’s El Salón México, the first of his works to make use of folk materials, particularly those of Mexican origin. Written in 1936 and regarded as an overture of Mexican popular melodies, the piece, known for its infectious tunes and rhythms, is inspired by the composer’s visit four years earlier to a Mexican dance hall.

The program concludes with one of the greatest and most tragic of Russian composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  His Symphony No. 5, composed in four movements, is the most unified of the composer’s symphonies. Throughout the symphony a solemn motive, interpreted as Fate, is heard again and again. Expertly crafted, vibrantly orchestrated, and featuring a memorable melody for solo horn, Symphony No. 5 has become one of the composer’s most popular works, forever solidifying his personal and artistic triumph over adversity. 

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 will be the featured piece of music on Sunday’s Classical Connections concert.  This unique format features musical examples, description and explanation by Maestro Gittleman on the first half, followed by a full performance of Tchaikovky’s Symphony No. 5 directly after intermission.  A Casual Q&A with Maestro Gittleman and a Graeter’s Ice Cream Social will follow the concert.

For over 60 years, the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association (DPVA) has been providing generous support to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Before the start of Sunday’s performance of Tchaikovsky's Triumph, the DPAA will give special recognition to the DPVA and its continued support and volunteer engagement, essential to providing great music and outstanding music education in our community.  For more information on the DPVA, please visit

Tickets for The Grand Tour range from $14 to $61 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.orgTickets for Tchaikovsky’s Triumph range from $14 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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