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February Brings One of the Greatest Works of the Classical Repertoire to the Schuster Center When the Dayton Philharmonic Presents Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

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DAYTON, OH (January 12, 2017) – On Friday, February 3, 2017 and Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present Mahler’s Fifth, the fourth concert in the Premier Health 2016-2017 Masterworks Series. The Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Hank Dahlman, will provide the entrancing vocals to this stunning performance. 

February’s performance by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus features three sensational works by some of the greatest composers of classical music. Maestro Gittleman and the DPO open the performance with the extravagant St. Anne Prelude and Fugue.  Arnold Schoenberg was a dominant yet controversial twentieth-century composer. It is often noted that his lasting influence was due not to his music but rather to his development of the 12-note chromatic scale. During his career, Schoenberg arranged several works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue, also called St. Anne, is one such piece. The original Bach composition came from his Clavier-Übung, a book of organ exercises. Schoenberg’s full orchestration creates an entirely new experience. 

Keeping with Bach for the first half of the evening, the DPO turns its attention to Bach’s Motet No. 1, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied. Born in 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was a third-generation member of the Bach family descended from Hans Bach. The male descendants of this family tree were all professional musicians. Johann Sebastian was no different; it could even be said that he was a “concentrated” family member, with even stronger musicality and musicianship than other members of his family. The Bach family passed on their music tradition amongst themselves, teaching the children early, as a game. Johann Sebastian’s father passed away when he was ten years old, leaving the young boy to be educated by a brother. When he was fifteen, Johann Sebastian joined a church choir and earned his education by singing. Throughout his life, his musical work was dedicated to God. The Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus and the DPO will perform Bach’s Motet No. 1, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (“Sing unto the Lord a new song”). The motet was a much-used choral form in Bach’s time. This work, as does much of Bach’s choral work, demands a great deal from its singers but delivers almost rapturous beauty to its audience. 

After intermission, the Dayton Philharmonic is thrilled to present one of the greatest works of the classical repertoire. “To write a symphony, for me, is to construct a world,” stated Gustav Mahler. In the second half of this glorious program, Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will bring the world of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony to the Schuster Center stage. Although Mahler finished the symphony in 1901, he continued to revise the orchestration after each performance until 1909! This symphony is also referred to as “The Giant” because of its size, even though this is not as large as some of his other symphonies. Mahler never provided a program for any of his performances because he wanted the music to speak for itself—for the symphony to exist as the music—no story, no purpose but the music. His Fifth Symphony does just that. From the Trumpet Call in Part I to the Rondo Finale, the music moves effortlessly from mood to mood—–from somber to energetic, from thoughtful to full of good cheer. Audiences will find it difficult not to jump to their feet at the close. 

Tickets for Mahler’s Fifth range from $16 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


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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