Nicole Nett

Bernstein and the New Americans


Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra have an especially rousing evening planned. This mini Bernstein festival is sprinkled with new music by American composers of today Stella Sung and Sean Neukom.

A Musical Toast is just that—a toast to a delightful evening of music. Leonard Bernstein’s music is of an eclectic style that bridges the worlds of popular and classical music, and A Musical Toast is a great example of this. The bright, theatrical piece is orchestral work in a “pops” vein.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was lucky to have composer Stella Sung for a three-year Music Alive residency. She composed The Book Collector, which had its world premiere at the Schuster Center in May 2016. Tonight the DPO performs Sung’s Signs/Fate of Place, which was first premiered by Dayton Ballet in February 2015. Sung is based at the University of Central Florida, where she is director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE).

Tonight’s performance also features a Violin Concerto written for DPO's Concertmaster, Jessica Hung, by Sean Neukom. Neukom is violist for the Beo String Quartet, first violinist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a faculty member for Dakota Chamber Music. Jessica Hung has previously performed his Solo Violin Sonata on a DPO Chamber Series Concert.

  • Friday, May 4, 2018 - Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Location: 1 W 2nd St., Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, OH
  • Phone: (937) 228-3230
  • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: $
Bernstein and the New Americans