Dayton Philharmonic

From two guitars and two voices, the Indigo Girls have more recently been performing unique concerts with orchestras in a variety of cities around the world.  Ahead of their performance with the Dayton Philharmonic, Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the band's past and present and the upcoming local show.

Indigo Girls will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic on June 20th at the Schuster Center.

The three organizations that make up the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are collaborating on a presentation of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.  Singers from Dayton Opera will be accompanied by music from the Dayton Philharmonic and dance from the Dayton Ballet.  Members of the cast and crew visited the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming performance and share some musical previews on Excursions.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's presentation of The Pearl Fishers is onstage at the Schuster Center April 17th and 19th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The timeless story of Peter Pan will be coming to the Schuster Center in a combined presentation by Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic.  Conductor Neil Gittleman and artistic director Karen Russo Burke joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the staging of Peter Pan and shared some of the musical score.

Peter Pan is March 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. 

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

This weekend, the Dayton Philharmonic will present Benjamin Britten's War Requiem conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops Orchestra.  The concert is a collaboration between the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and Wright State University's center for Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) and will serve as a capstone WSU's year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of WWI.  Dr. Paul Lockhart, a WSU history professor and Keith Lockhart's brother, will present a pre-concert lecture about the historic aspect of War Requiem.

Neal Gittleman, the director and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, came by the WYSO studios on May 1st along with Sean Michael Flowers, the vocal director of the Dayton Philharmonic, and guest artists from the Human Race Theater Company, Katie Pees and Jay Pierce. They came in to talk about the collaboration between Human Race Theater and the Dayton Philharmonic for their upcoming show “The Best of Broadway," and gave a little preview in the form of  three fantastic songs from the upcoming show.

Steven Bognar

Two long-time contributors to the arts in Dayton will be the recipients of the 2014 Ohio Governor's Awards for the Arts. Dayton Philharmonic Music Director, Neil Gittleman, and Sheri Williams with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company were selected with 4 other winners from around the state for the prestigious award.

Photo courtesy of Kristen Wicker

Urban Nights in downtown Dayton is tonight…100+ locations including the Oregon District, & the Wright-Dunbar Business Village; 5 - 10pm tonight… Don't miss one of the best nights to be downtown!

Enjoy award-winning, modern bluegrass as one of the newest bands in bluegrass opens, Friday, at The Masonic Center, It’s Bluegrass Tymes II at 8pm.

The 13th Dayton Jewish International Film Festival is now open and many of them will screen at THE NEON. The line-up looks terrific!

First Friday in downtown Dayton is tonight. Various locations throughout downtown and the Oregon Arts District; 5-10 p.m.  First Friday is a free art hop featuring exhibit openings at the galleries, along with a variety of entertainment options, arts demonstrations, live music and more.

Two different holidays specifically celebrate women - Mother's Day and International Women's Day. Dr. Judith Ezekiel, Women's Studies professor at Wright State University, will examine the historic roots and deeper meaning of these very different holidays at a free program at the Dayton Metro Library. Saturday, at 2:00-4:00 pm.

The Muse Machine is doing Crazy For You and you can see it at the Victoria tonight, Saturday, or Sunday. It has many of the greatest songs ever written for musical theatre - including I Got Rhythm, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Embraceable You, and many others. This is now a fresh new show that is fast paced, genuinely funny and full of show-stopping production numbers.

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