Current Grant Projects
Through its competitive grants process, the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts selected three projects for the new arts season. Organizations sponsoring/presenting these projects are the Dayton Philharmonic, Victoria Theatre Association, and the Dayton Ballet.
Two Exciting New Productions Slated for 2017
The Rosenthal Foundation will provide funding for two special projects to be presented by the Human Race Theatre Company in early 2017. A one night concert entitled BROADWAY AND BEYOND by Broadway’s Golden Couple, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley will be presented on February 24th in the Loft Theatre. The husband and wife team will share their favorite songs from the Broadway musicals in which they have starred, along with selections from the Great American Songbook. They will be accompanied by their music director, Joseph Thalken. Mr. Thalken has been at the Human Race previously as the composer of Was, Harold & Maude, and The Black Crook Project.
In partnership with CBS Television and the ARACA Group, the Human Race will present the world premiere of Family Ties, a new play based on the popular 80’s TV sitcom. This new production, authored by Award winning director/playwright, Danny Goldstein, picks up in modern day with Alex P. Keaton at 50 years old and running for the US Senate. Like the TV series, the setting for this play is in Columbus, OH. The Human Race was chosen by ARACA to produce this premiere because of its reputation for producing new works of theatre, and because of its location in Ohio.
Foundation Celebrates Collaborative Project
The Foundation’s first grant to the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will underwrite a collaborative project with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. The new work will explore both the cultural ramifications of racism and issues of the LGBT community. The concert will be presented at the Victoria Theatre in June, 2017, as part of the DGMC’s 2016-17 concert series. The concert also will be recorded for broadcast via other social and digital media platforms, shared via their Facebook and YouTube channel subscribers and local cable access channel MVCC.
Special Concert Celebrating the African American Experience
As an outgrowth of the Philharmonic’s Stained Glass Concerts that were begun in the 2006-7 arts season, the Orchestra will present a concert on January 22, 2017 at the Schuster Center that will feature choirs from the churches where the Stained Glass Concerts have been held, with guest soloists, and utilizing the DPO’s library of spiritual/gospel-choir-and- orchestra arrangements customized by Artistic Director and Conductor, Neal Gittleman.
The Stained Glass Concerts have been performed in churches within the African American Community. Repertoire generally included a mix of traditional classical pieces, works by African and African-American composers, and selections for choir and orchestra. The hosting church’s choir and musicians have performed in each of these concerts, accompanied by the Philharmonic musicians. Over the 10-year history of these concerts, there have been 29 performances.
The Rosenthal Foundation is the sole underwriter of this project. Grant monies will also help subsidize ticket prices so that all who wish to do so may attend at a reasonable cost. Contact the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance for specifics.
150th Anniversary Documentary
One of the key elements of the Victoria Theatre’s recognition of its 150th Anniversary is the creation of a documentary that will preserve the history of this significant Dayton landmark and the people who participated in its preservation over several generations. Not only is the goal to preserve and share historical facts about the building, but also to share the special memories of those in the community whose lives have been touched by the programs in the Theatre. The documentary is slated to be completed in late fall, 2016.
The Board of the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation felt this was a particularly appropriate project for the Foundation to fund because the history of the Theatre and its preservation provide a wonderful and inspiring example of what can happen when passionate community members step forward and become involved. The Foundation’s theme during its recent 50th Anniversary celebration was “We . . . all of us . . . can be Miriam.” Just as Miriam was a catalyst for many community projects – bringing together others and their resources to make things happen – so, too, did many come forth to “save the Victoria” and to make it the fine performance facility it is today.
Once the documentary is completed, ThinkTV, (a PBS affiliate serving the greater Dayton and Cincinnati areas) will air it on their multiple TV stations.
Daring Duets Performance Enhancements
The Dayton Ballet will present a program entirely of duet repertoire in February 2017 Season program at the Victoria Theatre. The Rosenthal Foundation’s grant will fund a new element to these performances. Prior to each dance, projected video will show the dancers in the studio working on the piece, as well as an interview with each dancer and the choreographer. The goal is to provide insight, in a documentary style, to how each piece was developed, and to hear the artists’ concerns, thoughts and challenges. Audience members may, for the first time, better understand the unique world of professional dance.
It is quite possible that the footage acquired in this effort will be used in other videos, and perhaps developed into a documentary style television program at a later time.