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DAYTON PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATES MEMORIAL DAY WITH DAYTON BALLET AT CARILLON PARK

DAYTON, OH (May 13, 2013) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra with Music Director Neal Gittleman and members of Dayton Ballet will present a free Memorial Day Sunday concert on May 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. as the featured performance of the Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park. 

Highlights of the program will include a ballet performance of two musical pieces by John Philip Sousa choreographed by Dayton Ballet dancer Paul Gilliam. The dancers are Halliet Slack, Annalise Woller and Case Bodamer. Baritone William Caldwell will sing selections by Sousa, Aaron Copland and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” The DPO will also perform a salute to our Armed Forces, Tchaikovsky’s immortal “1812 Overture,” complete with cannon shots, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and more.

The Dayton Heritage Festival, presented by Dayton History and their generous sponsors, offers live music throughout the day including the GoodTime Accordion Band, Todd the Fox, The Wind in the Woods and the Carillon Park Concert Band. Enjoy over 30 historic buildings and structures, special family activities and attractions and local food and beverage vendors. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy music throughout the day, the Dayton Philharmonic at 7 p.m. and the grand finale fireworks display at dusk. 

Carillon Park will open at 11 a.m. on May 26 and admission to the Dayton Heritage Festival is free.  There is a charge of $5 per car for parking. No carried-in food or beverage permitted. Rain date for the Dayton Heritage Festival and the DPO performance is Monday, May 27.   

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

About Dayton History
Dayton History is Montgomery County's official historical organization. The organization boasts multiple campuses in the greater Dayton, Ohio area: Carillon Historical Park, Hawthorn Hill, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, the Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, Memorial Hall and the Archive Center. Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting, and promoting the region's past. For more information, call 937.293.2841 or visit www.daytonhistory.org. Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton Ohio, 45409.

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