Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to perform for live audience tonight

DAYTON — The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) will perform its 2020-2021 reimagined season for a live audience Saturday at 6 p.m.

The performance is titled Beethoven 1 and The Firebird, according to a press release.

The performance will run until 8:30 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center.

Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman will lead the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra through a planned cycle of the nine Beethoven symphonies in celebration of 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 1770.

“The musicians are thrilled to take the stage once again in front of a live audience to perform two beautiful works form the classical music repertoire,” the release stated.

In the orchestra’s 2021-2022 work, Neal and the DPO plan to journey through Symphonies Three, Seven, and Nine. More details about that show will be announced this summer.

After a set of Beethoven’s symphonies, the evening closes with Stravinsky’s sumptuous Suite from The Firebird, the release stated.

The piece is composed for the renowned Ballets Russes, showcasing a prince, captive princesses, the Firebird’s magic feather, and the evil ogre Kastchei.

Anyone interested in the program can view it in-theater or live-streamed.

The DPO will offer two live in-theater performances of this concert, with no intermission at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.

Limited seating will be available in the Schuster Center, patrons will be socially-distanced, and strict safety guidelines will be followed. In-theater tickets are $50 per performance.

Alternatively, for those who are not yet ready to attend an in-theater performance, the concert can be viewed in a live-stream format. The performance will be streamed at 8:30 p.m. tonight and the live stream ticket also provides access to on-demand viewing of the performance until June 30, 2021. Live stream access is $25.