UDQuickly Home My Old House Snapshots UD Magazine
Send A Class Notes


University of Dayton Horn Quartet

Show must go on

3:03 AM  Aug 9th, 2012
by Teri Rizvi

The University of Dayton chose to hold the grand opening for the China Institute on Aug. 8, because eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture.

Then a typhoon hit the east coast of China that morning, bringing an all-day torrent of rain and heavy winds in Suzhou. Vic Bonneau, president of electrical power systems for GE Aviation, traveled to Shanghai, but road closures prevented him from traveling the last 75 miles to participate in the grand opening ceremony.

“This is quite a theatrical backdrop for the opening, just a little drama,” said Tim Pelling, a freelance photographer who caught the last train that morning out of Shanghai before the trains quit running.

Later in the day, two music professors and eight University of Dayton performers and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company members spent 45 harrowing minutes crammed in a stuck elevator.

Dressed in their concert clothes, they donned hard hats and climbed up a ladder to safety.

“There was no air. We finally climbed out through the light fixture. We were covered with white concrete dust,” recounted Sharon Davis Gratto, chair of the music department, the next day.

The University of Dayton Horn Quartet barely made it to the grand opening ceremonies in time. But when they walked onto the stage to perform, they didn’t appear flustered.

And they didn’t miss a beat.

Professor Richard Chenoweth, emerging from the elevator. by Mark Coldiron, fellow elevator-mate.A student emerges from the elevator. by Mark Coldiron, fellow trapped elevator-mate.DCDC dancer Alexis Britford, emerging from the elevator. by Mark Coldiron, fellow trapped elevator-mate.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Connect with Facebook


  • Christmas tree in Humanities Plaza is decorated with lights by Larry Burgess
  • 081109squirrel
  • 160330  Tours and Construction  Davis
  • Badminton at RecPlex by Larry Burgess
  • student studies in sc window decorated with paper snowflakes by Larry Burgess
  • hawk atop the chapel
  • Clearing snow by hand on Lawnview by Larry Burgess
  • Icicles and American flag: stars and spikes by Larry Burgess
  • 012609gamelan
  • chess player
  • Kennedy Union anemometer spinning on a windy day by Larry Burgess
  • Two guys on ellipticals at RecPlex by Stephanie Lefeld
  • Piano tuning in music department by Larry Burgess
  • Washing Olsen Center windows by Larry Burgess
  • grilling
  • football player
  • fall leaves