Discover Classical’s Rising Stars Gala features winners of Young Talent Search



The winners of the 2023 Discover Classical (WDPR FM 88.1) Young Talent Search will perform at the organization’s Rising Stars Gala on Saturday, May 13 at Daniel J. Curran Place.

The recipients are: Catie Brenner, 15, harp, Oakwood; Mira Burek, 16, guitar, Dayton; Amy Juhascik, 14, bassoon, Bellbrook; Andy Li, 12, violin, Mason; Kaede Suzuki, 16, piano, Mason; and Angela Tan, 14, violin, Mason.

“This group is exceptional,” said Shaun Yu, President and CEO of Discover Classical who offered a few highlights. “Mira Buerk is a tremendously talented guitarist, studying under Jim McCutcheon. Coincidentally, she was a guest of Jim’s when we began our Spring Pledge Drive in March. Only a high school freshman, Amy Juhascik is already the principal bassoonist for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Andy Li just turned 12. He was 11 when he auditioned with Fritz Kreisler’s ‘Praeludium & Allegro,’ a popular encore for violinists for its flash. All judging is done blind – the panel knows nothing about the applicant’s age, gender, ethnicity, etc. The panel was floored when they found out the Kreisler was performed by an 11-year-old!”

The Rising Stars Gala will include food and drink, musical performances and a silent auction. A VIP reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. where attendees can meet the Young Talent Search winners, enjoy a champagne toast and have early access to the auction. Doors open for the main event at 6:45 p.m. Attendees can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, a silent auction and the performances by the Young Talent Search winners. Cocktail attire requested.

Daniel J. Curran Place is located at 1700 S. Patterson Blvd, Dayton. Valet parking is available and lot parking is in Lot R1 (turn right at the digital sign).

For more information or questions, contact Martha Harris by email at or phone at (937) 222-9377.



Bach Society of Dayton presents spring concert

The Bach Society of Dayton will be joined by the Stivers School for the Arts Chamber Choir at its “Favorites” concert slated Sunday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Rd., Dayton.

Under the music direction of David Crean, the program includes Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night,” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Bogoroditse Devo.”

The Stivers Chambers Choir notably performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall in March.

A concert preview will be held at 3 p.m. with Paula Powell, Director of Choirs at Stivers School for the Arts.

For tickets or more information, visit

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance announces Dayton Opera Chorus auditions

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance invites singers to audition for paid positions in the 2023-2024 Dayton Opera Chorus.

Auditions will be held Wednesday, May 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mathile Theater of the Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton.

Singers are asked to perform two contrasting pieces from memory. At least one selection should be in English. Selections do not have to be from opera repertoire. An accompanist will be provided for the audition at no charge. However, singers must bring sheet music for their audition pieces. No unaccompanied auditions are allowed. All voice types are needed. The audition panel consists of Dayton Opera Artistic Director Kathleen Clawson and Opera Chorus Master Jeffrey Powell.

Auditions must be scheduled in advance. To schedule an audition, visit

Chorus members are needed for each of the 2023-2024 Dayton Opera productions: “Prince Orlofsky’s Grande Masquerade” (Sept. 16-17, onstage rehearsals begin Sept. 12), Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” (Nov. 4-5, rehearsals begin Oct. 16), and Puccini’s “Tosca” (April 20-21, 2024, staging rehearsals start April 1). Additional music rehearsals will be scheduled in advance of staging for all productions. The number of singers needed for each production varies.

For more information about Dayton Opera’s 2023-2024 season, visit

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Jeanne Betty Weiner celebrates 103rd birthday

Jeanne Betty Weiner, familiar to Dayton audiences for portraying Mother Goose for the Dayton Philharmonic’s KinderConcerts for decades, celebrated her 103rd birthday on April 7 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she moved after being a fourth generation Daytonian.

“It was time for Mom to be with one of her children, so being the daughter, I signed up,” explained Wendy Weiner Bichel. “I knew the quality of care would be better and very loving here in Mexico where I live much of the year, and I would ‘have her back.’ I asked her, “Mom, I want you to come and live in Mexico. Do you think you have another adventure in you? ‘You know it!,’ she said. The people here are so loving. She doesn’t let a caregiver walk past her without a kiss. They adore it. She is the queen, but in the sweetest most undemanding way. She is a real teacher for what works in life. For years I have watched how she has memorized the names of every nurse and receptionist in her doctor’s offices, even when her memory wasn’t great. Smart lady. She is deeply beloved and continues to be enthusiastic about living. I think that’s her real secret.”

Most recently of Sarasota, Florida, Weiner was also active in Dayton civic affairs, instrumental in the Dayton Holiday Festival and Beerman Thanksgiving Dinners, and was an active singer and performer in numerous Dayton plays and commercials. Happy Birthday Jeanne Betty!

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