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Young, Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Anastasia Rizikov Joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for a Sweeping Journey Through Youthful Charm, Romanticism, and Exotic Musical Storytelling

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DAYTON, OH (September 6, 2016) – On Friday, September 30 at 8 pm and Saturday, October 1, 2016 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 2016–2017 Premier Health Masterworks Series, Scheherazade. The DPO proudly welcomes to the stage young, internationally acclaimed pianist Anastasia Rizikov for this performance. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Innovation Partner for this 2016-2017 Excite Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Audience members are invited to be a part of history at the concert hall or listening at home when Discover Classical WDPR 88.1 FM and WDPG 89.9 FM broadcasts this special Masterworks opening night concert in its entirety.  Live broadcast will commence when the performance begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, September 30.  Discover Classical’s live broadcast of Scheherezade will be hosted by Shaun Yu and Cheryl Dring.

The program opens with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s enticing Symphony No. 1. As a young child, Mozart and his older sister Nannerl traveled with their father, Leopold. The musically gifted siblings performed throughout the courts of Europe and were on the road for several years. During their time in England, young Mozart encountered Johann Christian Bach, whose work greatly influenced the early compositions of the burgeoning composer. Symphony No. 1, written by Mozart when he was only eight years old, is one of these pieces. The symphony’s theme is carried by the strings and demonstrates the joy and charm of a carefree young boy.

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last composition for piano and orchestra and is perhaps his best-known work. The piece was first performed in Baltimore in 1934 with Rachmaninoff himself as soloist. For this evening, Anastasia Rizikov will take the role as soloist. This young Canadian pianist made her orchestral debut at age 7. Since she was 12, Rizikov has been competing as an adult on the international competitive circuit, taking first place versus competitors twice her age. In 2015, she won first place at both the Jaen International Piano Competition and the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition.

The performance continues with adventure made music. Scheherazade, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1888 suite for orchestra, instantly transports the audience to a warm Arabian evening in which Scheherazade tells tales to the Sultan, night after night. The suite encapsulates several unconnected stories from the collection of 1,001: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship, Prince Kalandar, The Young Prince and Princess, the Festival at Baghdad, and Shipwreck on a Rock. All of these tales come to life within this suite. From the very beginning—as the Sultan’s theme announces itself in strong, confident brass to the gentle, yet persistent, theme of Scheherazade weaving her solo violin in triplet—this melodic story is told.

Tickets for Scheherazade range from $15 to $65 and are 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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