Dayton Operas 2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians Perform Together at Dayton Art Institute in a Bernstein Songfest

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CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD

Communications & Media Manager 

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 

DAYTON, OH (December 22, 2017) – On Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Bernstein Songfest, the second concert in the 2017-2018 Chamber Series. Associate Sponsor for this performance is The Bill and Jackie Lockwood Family Foundation. 

The intimate sound of the voice accompanied by piano or small grouping of musical instruments is one of the integral parts of the chamber music tradition. Bernstein Songfest will explore the wide range of works created by American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein. The new year marks the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth, and this lovely afternoon of music marks one of the many ways that the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will pay tribute to this groundbreaking American composer and musician this season. 

The afternoon will open with the Prologue from perhaps one of Bernstein’s most beloved works, West Side Story. In addition to several playful and light-hearted compositions like his “Piccola Serenata,” “La Bonne Cuisine,” and “I Hate Music,” the program will include two beautiful love songs, “Extinguish My Eyes” and “When My Soul Touches Yours.” And, of course, much of the performance will focus on selections from the fabulous operas and musicals from Bernstein’s arsenal, including Trouble in Tahiti, Candide, On The Town, and West Side Story. 

Dayton Philharmonic welcomes young artists from Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program – soprano Olivia Yokers, mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin, tenor Michael Anderson, and bass-baritone Alexander Harper – to the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium stage for this musical excursion. The vocalists will be accompanied by gifted musicians from Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, including Joshua Nemith on piano, Rebecca Tryon Andres on flute, John Kurokawa on clarinet, Deborah Taylor on double bass, Timothy Anderson on trombone, Donald Donnett on timpani, and percussionists Michael LaMattina, Jeffrey Luft and Gerald Noble. Joining the Philharmonic musicians is Dayton Opera Music Director of the Artists-in-Residence Program Carol Walker, also on piano.  The DPO musicians will be under the direction of Conductor Patrick Reynolds. 

In addition, for a few moments on the first half, the focus will be all about the brass, with selections from Bernstein’s “Brass Music.” Dayton Philharmonic Brass Quintet, known more familiarly as the Carillon Brass, will proudly take the stage to pay homage to Bernstein, with Charles Pagnard and Alan Siebert on trumpet, Chad Arnow on trombone, Aaron Brant on horn, and Timothy Northcut on tuba. 

“This is the fourth year of participation in this Chamber Series by the talented singers of Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence program. It is truly one of the most fulfilling and enriching parts of their residency to be featured in this concert and to be able to perform in collaboration with the musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic,” said Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston.  “In the last three of these concerts we have turned to more traditional composers of the chamber music repertoire. This year, however, we focus on one composer, and what better one could that be than Leonard Bernstein, as we honor his life and works in this 100th anniversary year of his birth.” 

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

Tickets for Bernstein Songfest 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 www.daytonperformingarts.org.  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 www.daytonperformingarts.org.  

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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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