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Spring Blows Into the Dayton Art Institute as Musicians from the Wind Section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Deliver a Delightful Afternoon of Chamber Music

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DAYTON, OH (March 22, 2016) – On Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Renaissance Auditorium of the Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Dr. Patrick Reynolds, will present Into the Winds, the fourth and final concert in the 2015-2016 Chamber Series.  The DPAA Innovation Partner for this special performance is the DP&L Foundation - Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

The intimate venue of the Renaissance Auditorium at the Dayton Art Institute provides the perfect setting to experience the nuances and subtleties that make chamber music so engaging. For this concert, the spotlight shines on musicians from the wind section of the orchestra who will play three lovely pieces from the extensive chamber repertoire. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes to the Renaissance Auditorium stage flautists Rebecca Andres and Jennifer Northcut, oboists Eileen Whalen and Connie Ignatiou, clarinetists John Kurokawa and Robert Gray, and bassoonists Rachael Young and Bonnie Sherman.  Blending deliciously with the beautiful woodwind instruments are French horns played by Aaron Brant, Elisa Belck, Todd Fitter, and Amy Lassiter.  Principal Keyboard Joshua Nemith joins on piano to enhance the rich melodies of these three selected chamber works.

Francis Poulenc was born of a wealthy French Parisian family who refused to enroll him into music college, wanting a successful business career for the young man instead. Thus, Poulenc largely educated himself in music and found mentors along the way to guide his passion. In the early 1900’s, he became one of a group of young composers known as Les Six. While his early works were light-hearted, highly spirited, and laced with humor and irreverence, his work during the years around WWII were more structured and more emotional in nature. Such is the case with this three-movement Sextet, beautiful, elegant, and deeply moving.

Richard Strauss wrote his very first composition, “A Tailor’s Polka," at the young age of six, having taken piano lessons for two years already at the time. He was so young that his father had to write the notes down for him.  This composition was the start of 78 years of music composition by Strauss. His father was principal horn for nearly half a century for the Bavarian Court Opera in Munich, so music was very much a way of life for the Strauss family. Strauss wrote Serenade for Wind Instruments as a young man of 18, not even out of his teens. It marked his first composition ever to be performed outside his birthplace and hometown of Munich. Quite an honor for such a young composer and only a hint of what was to come from this great composer.

Charles Gounod was a French composer known best known for his beautiful version of Ave Maria and for his two romantic and widely performed operas, Faust and Roméo et Juliette. His father, a well-known artist and architect, passed away when Gounod was a child. His mother, a gifted professional pianist, saw to it that Gounod be given a rich education in music. At the age of thirteen, Gounod first experienced Rossini's Otello and Mozart’s Don Juan, both of which highly influenced him as a young, impressionable composer. In fact, throughout his career, Gounod modeled much of his music after Mozart’s work. Petite Symphonie, composed late in Gounod’s life, is no exception, modeled after Mozart’s beautiful wind serenades. “This complete miniature symphony is elegant, delicate, and sweet.” ( 

A pre-performance talk will be given by Discover Classical’s Larry Coressel and Maestro Patrick Reynolds beginning at 2:30 pm in the Renaissance Auditorium.

Tickets for Into the Winds 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 on this concert or on 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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