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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to Perform Stained Glass Concerts at Inspiration Church and Tabernacle Baptist Church This June

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DAYTON, OHIO (May 30, 2017) – The Dayton Philharmonic proudly announces their final two concerts of the 2016-2017 Stained Glass Series, which will, in fact, officially mark the close of the outstanding DPAA 2016-2017 Excite Season. These two final Stained Glass concerts are free and open to the public, with no ticket required.

On Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) musicians, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will travel to Inspiration Church, 2900 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, OH to celebrate the human spirit through the universal medium of music with their second Stained Glass Series Concert of the season.

Then, on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., the DPO will travel to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 380 South Broadway Street, Dayton, OH to perform the final Stained Glass Series Concert of 2017, bringing the season to a glorious close.

The Dayton Philharmonic’s Stained Glass Concerts are part of a series of community outreach efforts called the Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts in honor of the late Mrs. Norma Ross, a tireless advocate for music and minority youth. All Stained Glass Concerts are free with generous seating available. The 2016–2017 Stained Glass Series and Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts are made possible by the Bob Ross Auto Group. Additional support for the Stained Glass Series Concerts comes from the African-American Community Fund.

The programming of these two upcoming Stained Glass Concerts will follow the lineup of the last Stained Glass concert performed at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in March of this year. The afternoons will feature Beethoven’s lighthearted and playful Symphony No. 8, often referred to it as "the little Symphony in F.”  The performance will also include the instantly recognizable and equally pleasant Scott Joplin piece “Solace,” which was part of the popular soundtrack of the 1973 caper film The Sting. The DPO will then perform the engaging “Mai Nozipo” by Zimbabwe’s Dumisani Maraire, known affectionately to friends as "Dumi.”  This opening song on the Kronos Quartet’s Pieces of Africa is a “rousing, triumphant anthem with a resonant melodic line that will long linger.”  (AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick)

The Stained Glass Concert on June 11 at Inspiration Church will close with the celebratory anthem “Hosanna” by Kirk Franklin, to be performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra musicians together with the Inspiration Church Choir.

On June 25, the DPO musicians, together with the Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir, will close the concert, and the Stained Glass Series for 2017, with Marshall Carpenter’s proclamation hymn “He Reigns Forever.”

The DPO, Inspiration Church, and Tabernacle Baptist Church wish to extend an open invitation to the community of Dayton to enjoy these two inspirational afternoons when classical and gospel music come together to unite our Dayton community.

For more information on the June 11 Stained Glass Concert, please call Inspiration Church at (937) 496-5607.  For more information on the June 25 Stained Glass Concert, please call Tabernacle Baptist Church at (937) 228-6393.  More information on both concerts can be obtained by calling the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance at (937) 224-3521.  For general information on the 2016-2017 Stained Glass Series, 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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