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Dayton Ballet welcomes its 85th season and celebrates the 95th year of the Dayton Ballet School with a sparkling affair that preserves Dayton Ballet’s tradition of presenting mixed repertory performances and spotlighting acclaimed choreographers from across the country and around the world.
“Subtle, gentle, troubled, reflective, [...] movingly modest, considering the violence that begot it. The work’s calm, if calm it is, is hard won.” That’s how The New York Times describes Vaughan Williams’s response to World War I, following his return home from the front. Lili Boulanger also responds to The Great War in her brief and affecting piece with baritone and our DPO Chorus. A double concerto that features our viola and cello principals, Resilience commemorates the end of World War II, with its final movement an emotional prayer for peace.
A concert-story about a little girl named Hannah who loves to sing but who has moved to the town of Hamelin where music is forbidden! Fueled by the music of composers like Verdi, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
The 1940s and the 1950s were the decades of dance! From Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, to Bill Haley and the Comets and Jerry Lee Lewis, the Dayton Philharmonic highlights the biggest dance hits from the decades of dance that we all know and love.
Based on Nordic and Germanic myths, Das Rheingold (The Gold From The Rhine) is the “preliminary evening” to Wagner’s epic masterwork, The Ring Cycle. This groundbreaking “total work of art” fully integrates music, poetry, drama, costume, and set design in a sweeping, intense marathon of sight and sound.
The timeless story of Peter Pan extols the virtues of eternal youth and of keeping our childlike wonder. With fun-filled choreography, rich with humor and including witty nods to classic ballets, and enchanting music by Carmen DeLeone, Dayton Ballet’s trip to Neverland will surely keep us all young at heart!
The First Cello Concerto is certainly a delicious example and a gorgeous vehicle for the instrument’s sonorous voice, especially as performed by young Sterling Elliott, a winner in the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. Mozart’s brief Mass, with a “cameo” appearance by the organ, shows off the magnificent DPO Chorus. Beethoven’s Second concludes this season’s Masterworks Series and the Beethoven symphony cycle.
An evening of music from the legendary Paul Simon explores his unique artistry as a songwriter from his years with Simon and Garfunkel through his solo albums Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints. All arrangements are fully orchestrated by Jeff Tyzik.