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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Continues Its Free Concert Series Called EDGE with Special Guest Bassist Rick Robinson and the DPO String and Percussion Quartet at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
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DAYTON, OH (June 4, 2018) – Last September, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) announced a new concert series for 2017-2018 called EDGE. EDGE is a performing arts series filled with Unconventional Performances in Unconventional Places, with all concerts being free and open to the public. The goal of EDGE is to bring the performing arts into the Dayton community, introducing the art forms of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance to new audiences in more intimate and approachable settings. EDGE is made possible by generous funding from the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts. 

On Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 2:00 pm–3:00 pm at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in downtown Troy, OH, the Dayton Philharmonic String and Percussion Quartet—comprising Aurelian Oprea on violin, William Manley on violin, Colleen Braid on viola, and Michael LaMattina on percussionwill perform a special concert with guest artist Mr. Rick “Mr. CutTime” Robinson.  Robinson, performing on double bass, is a former member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and founder of CutTime Productions: Making Symphonies Work for Everyone. 

Robinson and the DPO will perform a program to connect audiences old and new to classical music, featuring standard symphonic works plus one of Robinson’s original popular compositions. Expect lively and informative hosting, a wide variety of music, humor, personal stories, and up-close-and-personal interactions and conversations with the performers, who will answer all audience questions to demystify and debunk tired stereotypes of classical music. 

Prior to this performance, on Saturday June 16, 2018 from 10:30 am–12:00 noon in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton, Robinson will be offering a seminar aimed at area musicians, music educators and other interested guests. The seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about Robinson’s work, publications, and attitude as he strives to build new audiences for classical music in casual settings. The seminar offers techniques to use with newcomers to introduce them to the world of classical music, with methods including metaphors, answering burning-but-unspoken questions, and, naturally, some fun audience participation.  To register for this seminar, please visit the following link: 

More EDGE performances are scheduled through June 2018. For more information on this upcoming EDGE concert or other EDGE concerts scheduled in June, visit

For more information or to order subscriptions for the 2018-2019 Vistas Season of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
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