At the end of FutureFest 2013, the audience was asked to rank the six new plays that have been performed over the three-day weekend. This year’s festival was held last weekend at the Dayton Playhouse.
This year, for the first time in the 23-year history of the event, the professional critics declared a tie between “A Position of Relative Importance,” a comedy by Hal Borden, and “The King’s Face,” an historical drama by Steven Young.
The audience also gave “The King’s Face,” a two-person drama based on true events, a thumbs-up. The harrowing tale is based on the life of Prince Harry of Monmouth, who in 1403 was struck by an arrow and had an arrowhead lodged in his skull. The action of the play revolves around the dying prince and the friendship he develops with a London surgeon who is released from prison and ordered to save him.
Culture Works offices to move
Culture Works has announced an office move for late September. It will move to Premier Health Center, 110 N. Main St., directly across from the Premier Marketplace and adjacent to Jesse’s Barber Shop.
Martine Meredith Collier, the organization’s president and CEO, says the move will provide more access and visibility as an information center — a place where passers-by can pick up brochures and information about arts and cultural activities in our region.
For more than 20 years, Culture Works leased an office suite on the second floor of the Metropolitan Arts Center — the building adjacent to their new location. In 2012, they vacated their former offices to allow the newly formed Dayton Performing Arts Alliance to use that space. Collier says the new ground-floor location will encourage greater community involvement.
Philharmonic concert band to perform in Vandalia
The Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at St. Christopher Church in Vandalia. The church is located at 435 E. National Road and is comfortably air-conditioned. A reception follows the concert.
The patriotic concert will include “America the Beautiful,” “Sabre and Spurs” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Other concert highlights will be musical selections from “Oklahoma,” Michael Daugherty’s “Alligator Alley” and Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine.” DPO Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds will conduct along with guest conductors Kurt Westfall, Vandalia-Butler High School’s Marching Band Director and Ryan Thomson, Butler’s former band director.
The musicians of the DPO Concert Band will be joined by five students as special guest performers: Megan Gremling, flute; Langdon McDonald, clarinet; Jane Spoltman, horn; Ben Miller, trumpet; and Jenny Watson, percussion.
A reception will follow the concert.
Gem City Ballet has announced “Lights, Camera, Dance!” a project that offers area photographers an opportunity to learn, create, display and sell dance photography. They can earn money from their work while supporting Gem City Ballet.
Barbara Pontecorvo, company director, said live dance can be one of the most exciting and challenging subjects for a photographer — with beautiful dancers moving in colorful costumes under intense lighting. She says the project gives photographers a chance to explore this subject area with an intimacy and freedom seldom available.
Here’s how it will work: The company will host special performances in October and February exclusively for participating photographers who will have free rein of the audience space. The results will be displayed at area venues and will then be sold at a cocktail reception and online. Sale proceeds will be shared between the photographers and the ballet company.
An optional dance photography seminar will be taught by professional photographer Andy Snow at the Stuart Sebastian Performance Space on Sept. 8. There is a $20 fee. For more information: www.gemcityballet.org
Chorus auditions announced
Chorus auditions for the choirs of the Dayton Philharmonic will be held at Wright State University’s Creative Arts Center from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19. To schedule an audition time, contact Amy Vaubel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 427-2986.
The mission of the choirs is to serve as part of the orchestra during the regular subscription season. The choirs include the Orchestra Chorus, the Chamber Choir and the Festival Chorus.
Complete audition information — including free music score downloads — is available at www.daytonphilchoirs.org.
‘Air Aces’ to preview at Air Force Museum
The Air Force Museum Theatre and the Military Channel have announced that the new series titled “Air Aces” will be exclusively shown in the newly renovated 4K Digital Theatre before it makes its U.S. television debut. The theater is located inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
“Air Aces” is a six-part series from the Military Channel focusing on some of the top aces in aviation history. Many of the planes featured in series are on display at our museum including the F-4C flown by Robin Olds when he shot down two MiG-17s in a single day.
The shows profile the harrowing airborne combat missions — many of which were recently declassified. The series will air on the Military Channel at 10 p.m. Sunday evenings.
Each new episode is being shown in the local theater daily at 5 p.m. prior to its Military Channel scheduled showing. Admission is $5 per person.
Here’s the upcoming schedule: “Wing Walker” is being shown at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 -11, “Red Tails” from Aug. 12 -18, “Robin Olds” from Aug. 19 -25 and “Gabby Gabreski ” Aug. 26 - Sept 1.
Share your recollections of Cityfolk experiences
Cityfolk, the non-profit arts organization that has introduced us to so many wonderful and diverse programs over the years, decided this week to suspend programming for the 2013-14 season, to discontinue its educational Culture Builds Community outreach program and to cancel any plans for a 2014 summer festival.
Only two already-scheduled performances co-sponsored by the University of Dayton and the jazz programming will take place. Cityfolk board president Matt Dunn says there will most likely be a new board formed to oversee the jazz events.
We know many of our readers have been entertained and educated by Cityfolk offerings over the years and we’d love to hear from you. We’ll publish your reflections online and on a future Sunday arts page. Send your reminiscences to me at MMoss@coxohio.com