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The Talented Women of the Dayton Philharmonic Take the Spotlight as the DPO String Quartet Performs in the Beautiful Dayton Art Institute This November

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DAYTON, OH (October 23, 2015) – On Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3 pm in the Renaissance Auditorium of the Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Principal String Quartet will present String Quartet Gems, the first concert in the 2015-2016 Chamber Series. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Principal String Quartet comprises four incredibly talented Dayton women:  Jessica Hung, DPO Concertmaster; Kirstin Greenlaw, Principal Second Violin; Sheridan Currie, Principal Viola; and Andra Lunde Padrichelli, Principal Cello.  DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2015-2016 Ascend Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

The DPO String Quartet opens the afternoon with a selection from Arvo Pärt, a contemporary Estonian composer of classical and sacred music. His early compositions were more classical in nature, influenced by great Russian composers like Shostakovich and Prokofiev. In the 1960s, Pärt experimented with tonal techniques and with serialism, both of which proved to be limited for him, creatively.  He then studied Gregorian chant and other medieval and Renaissance-era music, and he began to develop his own style of music which he describes as tintinnabuli—“like the ringing of bells." Fratres, Latin for “brothers," is one of his first successful compositions using this new technique.

The foursome then turns to composer Robert Schumann, a remarkable composer with a bit of a split personality.  Schumann was at times charming and engaging, but most of the time filled with self-doubt and tormented by deep melancholy.  Despite his despair—or perhaps because of it—Schumann ranks among the greatest composers of all time. The majority of his compositions were written for his instrument of choice, the piano. But in 1842 in particular, Schumann emerged as a prolific chamber music composer. In the span of five weeks alone, he produced three string quartets. String Quartet No. 3 was written, in fact, in only a few days and has since become a favorite in the chamber music repertoire.

The quartet ends the afternoon’s concert with a wonderful selection by composer Maurice Ravel.  Ravel was a “small and obsessively neat” French composer whose music was methodically written and deliberated over by the composer until something close to perfection was achieved. Because he composed his pieces with such meticulous detail, he did not produce many works, but what he did compose was impeccable and highly regarded in the world of classical music. He wrote his only String Quartet as his final submission at the Conservatoire of Paris. It was rejected and criticized publicly, which did not sit well with Ravel. Despite the public’s lackluster review, the piece, and his career, flourished. In fact, in 1905, Claude Debussy wrote, “ the name of the gods of music, do not touch a single note you have written in your Quartet.” Ravel’s String Quartet stands today as one of the most popular pieces of chamber music ever written.

Tickets for String Quartet Gems are $22 for adults and $14 for students and children, and all tickets are General Admission Seating.  Tickets 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 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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