SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Spring brings world premieres, and early next month audiences will experience the creativity of Steven Winteregg, adjunct associate professor of music at Wittenberg University, as the curtain goes up for "America's Robin Hood," the first Dayton Ballet performance in the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.
Based on the legendary fable, "America's Robin Hood," set in America prior to 1776 and performed by the Dayton Ballet takes to the stage April 4-6.
Winteregg, an award-winning composer and Dayton resident, has written the original musical score for "America's Robin Hood," bringing his compositions premiered by the Dayton Ballet to a total of three. He also created scores for "Christmas Carol" and "An American Cinderella."
Winteregg said this latest ballet was created using an innovative "team" concept. Team meetings were coordinated with the composer, choreographers, set and costume designers and technical staff so that practical and artistic issues were resolved early on in the creative process. This allowed the ballet to be virtually built and coordinated from the ground up.
"Normally a composer finishes the musical score, gives it to the production crew and leaves," Winteregg said. "Our use of MIDI technology with 'Robin Hood' allows the choreographers to adjust tempos, instruments and timings prior to rehearsals so that the company can practice with a synthesized version rather than just the piano," Winteregg continued. "This way, if a dancer dances to a flute solo, he or she can actually hear a flute solo, making this a unique experience for rehearsals."
This world premiere is the first full-length story ballet produced through Dayton Ballet's own VISION 20/20 project, where project funds will pay for the production of at least 10 to 15 new story ballets throughout the next 25 years. Dayton Ballet will premiere the ballets in Dayton and then make them available to other ballet companies across the nation.
In addition to teaching at Wittenberg and producing original compositions, Winteregg is principal tubist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He holds a degree in music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Wright State University and The Ohio State University. Winteregg has received dozens of awards in composition, and his works have been performed throughout the world. These include three International Horn Symposiums, three Keystone Music Festivals, a national convention of the Music Educators National Conference, and the International Brass Festival in Narbonne, France. He joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1981.
His compositions have been recorded by various groups such as the Czech Radio Symphony, the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants and the Cantecor Trio. Recordings of Winteregg's music have been released on the MMC, Integra and Equilibrium labels.
Credit card ticket purchases for single tickets for "America's Robin Hood" are available by telephone at (937) 228-3630 and online at www.ticketcenterstage.com. To learn more about this world premiere and other productions of the Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonballet.org.
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