Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Presents a December to Remember!

Dec 02, 2003, 00:00 ET from The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

    DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra,
 under the direction of Neal Gittleman, will present several holiday concerts
 culminating in a holiday experience like never before, truly creating a
 "December to Remember" in downtown Dayton. All concerts will take place in the
 Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center with the exception of
 Bach's Lunch, which will take place in the Loft Theatre, also located in
 downtown Dayton. All events will culminate in the ultimate party of the year:
 the inaugural New Year's Eve in the Shuster Center.
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                 Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra December Events:
      - Andre Watts-Classical Concert December 4 & 6, 2003  8pm @ the Schuster
      - Andre Watts-Classical Connections Concert December 5, 2003  8pm @ the
        Schuster Center
      - Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert December 7, 2003
        3pm Schuster Center
      - Bach's Lunch December 10 & 11, 2003 NOON @ the Loft Theatre *FREE
      - Handel's Messiah w/ Dayton Philharmonic Chorus December 10, 2003  8pm @
        the Schuster Center
      - John McDaniel with the SuperPops December 12 & 13, 2003  8:30pm @ the
        Schuster Center
      - Viennese New Year's Eve with Dayton Opera December 31, 2003  8pm @ the
        Schuster Center
     Kicking off the Orchestra's holiday bonanza will be virtuoso pianist Andre
 Watts, who will perform with the Orchestra in the more traditional classical
 setting on Thursday, December 4 and Saturday December 6. He will join Neal
 Gittleman on Friday, December 5 as part of the Orchestra's unique classical
 connections programming, a more casual take on classical music. During this
 innovative series, Maestro Gittleman, along with the guest artist, explain the
 evening's music to the audience, enabling them a greater understanding and
 appreciation of the work. During these relaxed concerts, audience members
 "come as they are" as do the musicians. During this three concert series, Mr.
 Watts will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. All concerts will begin at
 8pm at the Schuster Center.
     The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Patrick Reynolds conducting, will
 present the annual winter concert on Sunday, December 7, 2003, beginning at
 3pm in the Schuster Center. Works to be performed during this special concert
 are Wagner's Overture to Rienzi, Puccini's Intermezzo from Act III of Manon
 Lescaut, and Benjamin Britten's The Courtly Dances from Gloriana, among many
 others. Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra members are chosen by audition and
 represent 23 schools in the greater Miami Valley area. The DPYO provides
 training for young musicians desiring to perform with an orchestra, teaching
 many of the cornerstones of a typical professional orchestra's repertoire. The
 education programs of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra reach more children
 than any other orchestra education program in the country. This concert is
 free and open to the public.
     The Carillon Brass, along with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the
 Richard A. and Mary T. Whitney Fund for the Arts, will present two free
 holiday concerts on December 10 and 11 at noon at the Loft Theatre in downtown
 Dayton. No tickets are required for this concert, but seating is on a first-
 come, first-served basis. During this concert, the Carillon Brass will perform
 holiday standards such as O Holy Night, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and
 Silent Night. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this annual holiday
 favorite. Box lunches, including a drink, will be available for $6 each
 courtesy of Boston's Bistro and Pub. Drinks are courtesy of the 7up
 Corporation. This concert is a holiday gift to the city of Dayton from the
 Whitney Fund and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
     The Carillon Brass is one of the many ensembles affiliated with the Dayton
 Philharmonic Orchestra. The Carillon Brass includes Charles Pagnard (trumpet),
 Alan Siebert (trumpet), Richard Chenoweth (horn), Tim Anderson (trombone), and
 John Tabeling (tuba).
     On Wednesday, December 10, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton
 Philharmonic Chorus will present a special complete performance of Handel's
 Messiah. This concert will feature the Orchestra along with the DPO Chamber
 Choir and guest soloists soprano Elizabeth Wiley, countertenor Steven
 Rickards, and baritone Bill Caldwell. Rarely performed in entirety, this work
 is sure to brighten your holiday season. For more than 250 years, this great
 oratorio has survived to become a holiday tradition to millions across the
 world. The Messiah still holds an extraordinary grip on musicians and
 audiences alike with its directness of expression and its infinite capacity
 for self-renewal.
     Celebrate the season with the SuperPops! John McDaniel with special guest
 Judy Kaye will join the Orchestra on December 12 and 13 at 8:30 pm at the
 Schuster Center. During this special concert, Mr. McDaniel will perform solo
 piano, lead the Orchestra, and accompany virtuoso Judy Kaye. Works to be
 performed include Ave Maria, the Christmas Song, Festive Sounds of Chanukah,
 White Christmas, Home for the Holidays and many, many more.  Known best as the
 Emmy Award winning bandleader for the Rosie O'Donnell talk show, Mr.
 McDaniel's talent far outreaches his television work. He is an accomplished
 music director and conductor for numerous productions, including: the Broadway
 revival of Grease, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago and Starlight Express. Judy
 Kaye has just ended her two-year run on Broadway with the hit musical Mamma
 Mia!, where she starred as Rosie. She is a very accomplished singer, wining a
 Tony award for her role as Carlotta in the Phantom of the Opera.  Ms. Kaye has
 performed in countless off-Broadway and Broadway musicals, in film, operas,
 and with symphonies all over the world.
     To cap off the holiday season, the Orchestra will team up with the Dayton
 Opera to present an inaugural New Year's Eve celebration in the Schuster
 Center. This event will be held from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on December 31.
 Festivities get underway at 8:00 p.m. with the ninth annual Viennese New
 Year's Concert with the party beginning at 10:00 p.m., and will feature
 complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres, as well as music and dancing on
 the Mead Theatre stage as well as in the Mathile Theatre and the Wintergarden
 lobby. The event is black tie optional. This concert and party will be the
 place to be seen as Dayton, Ohio rings in 2004.
     Tickets for all the events except for the FREE DPYO and Bach's Lunch
 concerts can be obtained by calling Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or by
 logging onto .
      Allyson B. Crawford
      Public Relations Coordinator
      fax: 937-223-9189

SOURCE The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra