Dayton Philharmonic presents Alexander Nevsky


Greene County News

DAYTON – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of artistic director and conductor Neal Gittleman, will present Alexander Nevsky 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at the Schuster Center.

This will be the third concert in the Premier Health 2016-2017 Masterworks Series. Guest vocalist mezzo-soprano Ryu-Kyung Kim and the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, under the direction of Hank Dahlman, will provide the compelling and moving vocals to this stunning performance.

Then at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, Maestro Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will present Prokofiev Meets Eisenstein, the second concert in the Dr. Charles and Patricia Demirjian 2016-2017 Classical Connections Series, with support from Graeter’s. Dr. Nenad Jovanovic of Wright State University’s Film Department will join to add insight into Eisenstein’s and Prokofiev’s masterpiece.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky as an accompaniment to the screening of the film of the same name. Maestro Gittleman will conduct the entire score to the film Alexander Nevsky as the movie projects on a large screen above the orchestra.

The DPO will provide the full orchestral accompaniment to the film, stripped of all orchestral music; only the actors’ dialogue and sound effects remain. Guest vocalist, Ryu-Kyung Kim and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus will bring the full, rich soloist and choral vocals to the stage to help tell the story as the film runs overhead. The result is an engaging experience of film, live musical score and vocal performance – surround sound at its outright finest.

“Alexander Nevsky is, perhaps, the greatest ever combo of film and music,” said Conductor Neal Gittleman. “On second thought, forget the ‘perhaps’. The two Sergeis–Eisenstein, the director, and Prokofiev, the composer–worked in close collaboration to link the indelible images to the powerful music. It’s an amazing piece to perform and an amazing experience to see the film with live musical accompaniment by a full orchestra and chorus.”

Tickets for Alexander Nevsky range from $16-65 and are available at Ticket Center Stage by phone at 937-228-3630 or online at Tickets for Sunday’s performance of Prokofiev Meets Eisenstein range from $15 to $43. Senior, teacher, student and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information on these productions or on other upcoming performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit

Story courtesy of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

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