Nicole Nett

Dayton Philharmonic: A Brahms Treasury


In March, you’ll enjoy a variety of different expressions of Johannes Brahms’ genius, carefully gathered together like a rare collection of precious gemstones. Reflected in the vivid coloration are folk influences and the music of Franz Joseph Haydn. Neal calls on the prodigious skills of the Orchestra alongside choral forces under the direction of Hank Dahlman, Director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir. 

The program opens with a simple but deeply melodic piece, the St. Anthony Chorale, the origins of which are obscured by time, but which may have started life as a traditional tune before it found its way into a wind ensemble composition attributed to Haydn. Scholars now believe that the piece was not actually written by Haydn but only marked as such by a publisher. You'll hear it here in a delicate arrangement for chorus.  

Whatever its origin, it was then picked up by Brahms and used as a theme for his first orchestral work, now known as Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, also performed on this program. The theme is gorgeous, and the set of variations that Brahms creates are magnificent examples of his art.

  • Friday, Mar 22, 2019 - Saturday, Mar 23, 2019
  • Location: 1 W 2nd St., Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, OH
  • Phone: (937) 228-3630
  • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: $
Dayton Philharmonic: A Brahms Treasury
  • March 22, 2019 to March 24, 2019
  • Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
  • $
  • Recurring daily