Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Presents a December to Remember!
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. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20031015/DPOLOGO ) Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra December Events: - Andre Watts-Classical Concert December 4 & 6, 2003 8pm @ the Schuster Center - 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 www.daytonphilharmonic.com . Allyson B. Crawford Public Relations Coordinator 937-224-3521 fax: 937-223-9189 firstname.lastname@example.org www.daytonphilharmonic.com
SOURCE The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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