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Dayton Philharmonic Brass and Percussion Musicians Fill the DAI Renaissance Auditorium with Scintillating Sound as They Present an Afternoon of Fantastic Brass

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DAYTON, OH (March 24, 2017) – On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium, Conductor Patrick Reynolds and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussion musicians will present Fantastic Brass, the fourth and final concert in the 2016-2017 Chamber Series.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Innovation Partner for this 2016-2017 Excite Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

The tradition of brass chamber music harkens back to Mozart’s time. The Salzburg master created many works for ensembles of this kind—then called “Harmonie” bands—for military purposes as well as celebrations for the Royal court. The influence of the music of Turkish Janissaries added percussion such as bass drum, cymbals, and triangle, lending an exotic tang and creating a wider sonic spectrum. 

Later in the 19th century the brass band grew in popularity in England, playing a central role in military and ceremonial settings. English composers Holst, Grainger, and R.V. Williams added great musical variety to the genre, giving the brass ensemble a more symphonic flavor. 

In America, the evolution of the modern wind ensemble was further advanced by Frederick Fennell at the Eastman School of Music. This new phase promoted the creation of many new works for the brass ensemble, moving away from transcription of works from opera and other genres. 

For the fourth chamber music program, Conductor Patrick Reynolds brings talented Dayton Philharmonic brass players together in various formations that celebrate the history and glorious sound of brass. DPO musicians from the brass and percussion sections are highlighted in an engaging sampling of this great repertory. 

Wonderful selections from Giovanni Gabrieli, Anthony DiLorenzo, Philip Glass, and Eckhard Kopetzki will be performed, along with works from Gustav Mahler and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  The afternoon will conclude with Percy Grainger’s six-movement masterpiece A Lincolnshire Posy, with each movement adapted from folk songs Grainger encountered on a trip to England in the early 1900s. 

Larry Coressel from Discover Classical WDPR 88.1 will give a pre-concert talk beginning at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets for Fantastic Brass 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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