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September 23rd, 2011

The Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund (Dayton, Ohio) was established in 1965 for purposes of supporting the arts and cultural life of the greater Dayton area. The trust is named for a former community volunteer who was a catalyst in developing many special projects in the Miami Valley area of Ohio. It is an “open” trust and invites continuing financial support from all interested contributors.

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2010/2011 Grant Projects
Dayton Ballet received a major grant for its innovative project New Music for New Dance. The goal of the project is to commission original music composition by young composers and new dance by emerging choreographers. Two competitions – one regional and one national in scope – will identify the best of the new works that will be premiered by the Dayton Ballet at the Victoria Theatre in March 2011. The three composer-finalists and three choreographer-finalists will be given cash prizes for their works.

Dayton Opera’s 50th Anniversary Season will be sponsored by the Trust Fund. Four productions that will take place in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center comprise the season. The season opens with Dayton Opera’s first solely produced presentation of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, followed by Dayton Opera’s premiere of Beethoven’s Fidelio. In celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Dayton Opera also salutes the military and support personnel of Wright Patterson Air Force Base in its third production, Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment. In May, 2011, the Opera will close this celebratory season with a Star Gala featuring recent stars of the Dayton Opera, the Dayton Opera Chorus, and players from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s brings to a close its three-year grant project, New Media Initiatives. Through this project, DPO has restored the streaming of its broadcasts on WDPR, planned and begun production of live-performance CDs, and continues to podcast selected innovate concerts such as Classical Connections and Young People’s Concerts.

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In personalizing his photo to Miriam Rosenthal that hung prominently in her Biltmore Hotel office, Governor James M. Cox, Jr. wrote: To Miriam Rosenthal – an institution, the real public value of which will only be properly appraised in the calm judgment of time. The legacy of a lifetime of leadership and service has been enriched through the activities of the Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund during the years since her death.
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