Dayton Philharmonic sets 2021-22 season: Beethoven, women composers, “Messiah”

Posted on: July 8, 2021

“It’s always fun to announce a new season for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance— Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra,” writes Meredith Moss in Sunday’s (7/4) Dayton.com (OH). “But has there ever been a time when the annual announcement came with such relief and joy? The thought of having dancers, musicians and singers on stage at the Victoria Theatre and Schuster Center is something to celebrate…. In addition to the Opera, Ballet and DPO Masterworks season, the Philharmonic offers a SuperPops, Rockin’ Orchestra and Family Series. Also slated are … Handel’s Messiah … and the annual New Year’s Eve celebration…. Says DPO conductor and artistic director Neal Gittleman, ‘I know the DPO musicians will be so happy to be back to playing for full audiences again, and … in a normal stage setup,’ says Gittleman…. ‘Even though the Beethoven sesquicentennial technically ended on December 16, 2020, we’ll still be celebrating … with three more installments of our Beethoven’s Symphonies Cycle, and they’re three of the big ones: Three, Seven, and Nine,’ says Gittleman…. The orchestra will also return to one of the planned themes for 2020-21, playing music of several female composers including Jennifer Jolley [Blue Glacier Decoy], Reena Esmail [Meri Sakhi Ki Avaaz (‘My Sister’s Voice’)], Stella Sung [Oceana] and Clara Schumann [Piano Concerto].”