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.
Capping off its 2018-2019 concert season, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus presented a concert with guest artist and internationally-known performer, Christine Pedi. The DIVAs concert was held in June and highlighted the music, passion and strength of our most popularized female performers. Ms. Pedi performed some of her own content and joined the Chorus in other arrangements. Christine Pedi is regularly heard on her SiriusXM radio program and attracts a diverse audience. The delightful DIVAs performance was an attraction for many culture-lovers well beyond the traditional audience for the DGMC’s offerings. The Rosenthal Foundation was the sole underwriter for DIVAs.
The Dayton Ballet had not performed Sleeping Beauty in more than thirty-five years; the last time was in 1980 when the Ballet performed Stuart Sebastian’s classical libretto ballet version. As envisioned by Ms. Burke, the new production had a horticultural theme and featured whimsical flower fairies and woodland creatures who retold the story of Briar Rose, adopted by a childless couple. The “prince” is an arborist named Arden, and the villain, a vulture called Cinereous. The story remained the well-known classic tale, but with an inventive perspective on the theme of “good vs evil.” In addition to the Dayton Ballet professional company of dancers, the cast included dancers from Dayton Ballet II. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra also accompanied Dayton Ballet, performing the well-known score of Tchaikovsky.
Dayton’s premier contemporary dance company culminated its 50th Anniversary Celebration with a special performance at the Schuster Center on May 4, 2019. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra joined forces with DCDC on this special occasion. Included in this anniversary performance was an original work choreographed by Kevin Ward, former Artistic Director of DCDC. Mr. Ward served as Project Manager for the 50th Anniversary Celebration Performance.
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.