The Miriam Rosenthal Foundation is Proud to support the arts in Dayton. Enjoy our performance gallery of recent arts events that we are proud to have sponsored.
On June 3rd a collaboration between the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company brought an original work to the Victoria Stage during DGMC’s annual pride concert. That work, entitled Together We Must, explored what it meant to be black and what it meant to be gay in a Midwest city like Dayton. The work’s focus is the current social, humanitarian and cultural topics for both communities. The performance was well received and will be seen by other audiences in the future via film. The Miriam Rosenthal Foundation was a funding partner with the DGMC for the first time through this project.
During the month of June, the Human Race Theatre Company produced a new play based on the 1980’s TV sitcom by the same name. Daniel Goldstein’s play, like the TV series, takes place in Columbus, Ohio and picks up in modern day with Alex P. Keaton at 50 years old running for the US Senate. Starring roles were filled by Jim Stanek and Eve Plumb. Audience members were thrilled to remember the former sitcom and the characters that made it successful. A major grant from the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation underwrote this production.
Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, named “Broadway’s Golden Couple” by the San Francisco Chronicle, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Human Race Theatre Company by presenting musical numbers from both the “Great White Way” and the “Great American Songbook.” Accompanied by pianist Joseph Thalken, they delighted the audience with songs they introduced on Broadway in roles they originated: Ragtime, Passion, Kiss Me Kate (revival, of course), The Full Monty, Curtains, The Visit as well as popular standards from their many TV appearances, cabaret, concert hall and symphony performances around the world.
The Dayton Ballet brought an exciting new ballet repertory program entitled Daring Duets to the Victoria Theatre stage, celebrating the complexities of the relationship shared between couples. The program featured the full Dayton Ballet Company as they partnered with one another to present some of the most well-known and most exciting, new, original pas de deux ever to grace the Victoria stage. The program was comprised of eight unique ballets that ranged from classical to neoclassical to contemporary, in an in-depth look at how two people join together to dance on stage as one.
The final 150th anniversary event for the Victoria Theatre featured the premiere of the documentary “Making History: The Victoria Theatre,” a joint effort by ThinkTV and the Victoria Theatre Association. The 30-minute film includes interviews and camera footage from events and performances over the years. Following the private premiere, the documentary made it’s debut on Think TV and aired a number of times during the month of February.
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated the human spirit through the universal medium of music and marked 10 years of its acclaimed Stained Glass Community Engagement Concert Series in a program called “Lift Ev’ry Voice.” Church choirs from congregations that have hosted the Stained Glass series over the years joined the DPO for a glorious afternoon of uplifting music on the Mead Stage of the world-class Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.