VIRTUAL ART IN THE CITY
CELEBRATE THE ARTS WHILE APART!
Videos: Performances & Demos
Dance. Theater. Spoken Word. Poetry. Music…. and more! Dozens of our Dayton-area creatives filmed new pieces specially for Virtual Art in the City. Start clicking to enjoy!
*Also head over to our Live Stream list for more musicians, poets, actors and more who will be filming a live-streamed video during the day of Virtual Art in the City.
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INTRODUCING: DPAA Summer Streams
Dive into the refreshing waters of classical music, song and dance this summer with our new FREE virtual concert series. The DPAA is thrilled to present three virtual summer concert series comprising a total of NINE summer concerts for you to enjoy!
For our Recital Series and Family Series, small DPAA ensembles have taken the stage in the PNC Arts Annex and recorded concerts live and in person together, socially distanced, of course, for the first time since March! We are so excited to be able to share these recorded performances with you! We have also prepared a DPAA Replay Series for a virtual multimedia replay of three previous breathtaking DPAA performances, with brand new photo and video presentations to accompany the exquisite recorded music.
Words From Home
At the beginning of the shelter-in-place order, Grace Curtis came to us with an idea—a virtual poetry reading. Since we cannot meet for our regularly scheduled readings and events, we are hosting virtual poetry readings: Words From Home.
Young songwriters from across Dayton recently took a week-long, free virtual songwriting camp to spark their creativity while working alongside GRAMMY-winning artists and music professionals including Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Gina Chavez, Deron Bell of Dayton Funk All-Stars, Hector Flores of Las Cafeteras, and Making Movies! On the last day of camp, students performed their work live-streamed on the Levitt Dayton Facebook page. Best of all, the students who attended all 5 days of the camp will now have the opportunity for a deeper dive with industry professionals, and have been invited perform on the Levitt Dayton stage along with Latin Grammy-nominated Making Movies sometime in our 2021 season.
Chris Hahn and Jenna Valyn are the Founding Artistic Directors of The Playground. Since The Playground’s inception in June of 2014, they have produced 12 successful professional productions including two collaborations with the University of Dayton Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program. They have received critical acclaim from the community including several Daytony awards, been named Daytonians of the Week by Dayton.com, featured in the popular online publication, The Penny Hoarder, and chosen to be part of The Victoria Theatre Association’s ImPACt program from 2015 to 2018.
As Artistic Directors of The Playground, Chris and Jenna play many roles both on and off stage. They serve as directors, actors, set and sound designers, and business administrators. They have worked together to create a unique brand and theatrical style that speaks to new audiences and avid theatre-goers alike and they are committed to producing modern and engaging promotional material. For the past 4 years they have collaborated with their friends Knack Creative to write, film, and produce trailers for each of their productions.
The Playground’s purpose is to produce contemporary plays that are both relevant and universally relatable. Our goal is to create a theatre experience that is approachable, accessible and inclusive. We hope to introduce new audiences to theatre, because it is a unique, artistic experience unlike anything else.
Troupe Roja is Dayton's only multi-award-winning Middle Eastern dance troupe that performs styles ranging from modern fusion belly dance to folkloric Middle Eastern dance. Directed by Zattana Al-Naseem, the Roja dancers and Zattana's students, the Rosettes, perform at events all over the Miami Valley area and
beyond. They are known for engaging, dynamic choreography that often features props such as finger cymbals, veils, swords, and more. Classes are taught in Kettering, Miamisburg, and Springfield. Check out Roja on Facebook for more information
About Viva la Strings
How Viva la Strings was founded:
Pendra Lee Snyder founded Viva la Strings in 2008 to provide more paying performance opportunities for local musicians and to offer more access to quality music to our community. In addition to playing and running the day to day operations of Viva la Strings, she manages the Worship Classics String Quartet personnel and previously played with the Worship Orchestra at Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio. She is a former member of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra in Terre Haute, Indiana. Pendra holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Television Production. With her several years of television, radio, and newspaper news reporting and production experience, as well as Marketing, Public Relations and advertising sales, Pendra developed the promotional and marketing skills necessary for Viva la Strings so grow into a successful multi-city organization. Local managers in Dayton, Columbus and Nashville, TN. ensures the same high standards of performance and customer service Viva la Strings has come to be known for.
Who is Viva la Strings:
Viva La Strings is more than a group of musicians. We are friends, we work together regularly, to deliver the polished professionalism expected. We have the knowledge and experience to bring musical detail and personal consultation to make yours an event to be remembered. Viva La Strings core performance ensembles include string quartet, string trio, string duo, combinations with guitar, harp, flute, keyboard, and vocalists. We network with professional musicians across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. If you are interested in hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, brass, woodwinds, percussion, or any instruments in between, just ask!
What We Do
Weddings, Corporate and Private Events, Live Performances, Recording Projects, and Arrangements & Orchestrations:
We will work along with you to design a musical ambiance that reflects your personality and taste, creating a musical event that is personal and special. From traditional to contemporary, or a combination, we have music for all tastes attending your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Corporate functions, galas, receptions, non-profit fundraisers, holiday gatherings, private parties — our live music ensembles provide the perfect music entertainment for all occasions.
We also supply musicians and ensembles for assisted living residences, community concerts, musicals, and to enhance church worship services.
Whether you require a string quartet, 14-piece chamber orchestra, or full symphony orchestra with brass and woodwinds, we provide ensembles of any size to accompany artists in live performances, music videos, recording projects, and award shows. Our professional arrangers, orchestrators and composers can create your personalized wedding song or compose a full orchestration for a recording project. Our team customizes arrangements and orchestrations, allowing the instrumental vision for your music to come alive.
Once called a “lyricist with the heart of a poet” by one music reviewer and “the headbanger’s favorite folk artist” by a New England festival promoter, Kesler has taken her meld of acoustic driven folk/pop/rock across the United States, and as far as to Australia and the Netherlands. With six CD projects plus multiple singles to her credit, 2020 finds her in a season of writing and producing, and also co-writing as half of the ambient dream pop duo Every Lovely Thing.
When writing songs to perform herself, Marianne loves to describe her organic vibe as a quirky meeting between some of her favorite music artists: “Imagine if Joni Mitchell got together with Leonard Cohen for a writing session at the coffeehouse where Neil Young and Counting Crows were playing, folk artist Jan Krist was singing, Tori & Fiona were pouting, and Over The Rhine & Aimee Mann opened … Yeah, it sounds something like that!”
Facebook Music Page: www.facebook.com/MarianneKesler
Music Available for purchase on Apple Music (iTunes) Amazon and other online distributors!
Listen on Spotify: https://artists.spotify.com/c/artist/7CVeJRi3tY3H5TNhgGiDlM/profile
Find A. Slate on Social Media:
Instagram: @a_slate https://www.instagram.com/a_slate/
Twitter: @ASlate_Poet https://twitter.com/aslate_poet
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com>album>the-many-faces-of-eve/1257913902
BIO: A.Slate is a poet, spoken word artist, author, actress, and mother of Grace. A. Slate has recently performed/spoken at TEDXDAYTON 2019 (https://youtu.be/lRKu5IZxbtA), and at the Off Broadway Theatrical Revue of Urban Creative Arts The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show held at The Levitt Pavilion. Slate is the Founder of “The WRITElife Village” which provides local students with a safe platform to express themselves freely and creatively without bias, fear, or judgment. Owner and Operator of Slatehouse Ink Publishing, she recently published her first collection of poetry, “Lifelines and Legacies.”
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Virtual Art in the City is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership as part of the DP&L Summer in the City, and sponsored by DP&L and Dayton.com, with support from the Ohio Arts Council.
Virtual Art in the City Partners
Artists United, The Contemporary Dayton, Culture Works, Dayton Live, Dayton Society of Artists, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Five Rivers MetroParks, Front Street Art Studios and Galleries, The Human Race Theatre Company, The Levitt Pavilion Dayton, and The Mosaic Institute