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“There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” as Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Hometown Holidays, with Two Evening Performances at the Schuster Center and a Special Matinee at Hobart Arena

Concert to Feature Local Sisters Duo Adelee & Gentry, Holiday Pops Community Chorus, and Sinclair Community College Concert Handbell Choir



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x 1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org

DAYTON, OH (November 11, 2014) – On Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present Hometown Holidays, the second concert in the Kettering Health Network’s 2014–2015 SuperPops season.  Then, on Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm, for the first time ever, the DPO will take this complete SuperPops performance out into the community for a very special presentation of the Hometown Holidays concert at Hobart Arena in Troy, OH, sponsored by Stillwater Technologies, Inc.

For this year’s Hometown Holidays concert, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined on stage by local duo Adelee & Gentry for a beautiful celebration of the holiday season. Then choirs and choruses from the region will gather together with the DPO for an uplifting holiday tribute that will have concertgoers elated that they are "Home for the Holidays" in Dayton and Troy.

“We are thrilled that the Dayton Philharmonic is bringing Hometown Holidays to Troy and the upper Miami Valley this year,” said Ken Siler, Hobart Arena Manager.  “This unique presentation at Hobart Arena will allow residents in our community, many who may have not had the chance to see the DPO holiday shows in the past, the unique opportunity to see this Dayton Philharmonic concert in their own backyard.  Hometown Holidays will present a variety of very talented community musicians and performers and is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!”

The Hometown Holidays concert will begin with music from The Nutcracker, both Tchaikovsky's original version and the jazzy re-interpretation by Duke Ellington and Dayton native Billy Strayhorn, performed by the DPO. Then the Kettering Children’s Choir will take the stage to perform a few glorious holiday classics.  
Then, together with the DPO, local duo sisters Adelee & Gentry will fill audiences with holiday spirit with their performances of Carol of the Bells, Waiting for Christmas (an Adelee & Gentry original), Jingle Bells, Dear Boy, and Angels We Have Heard on High.  Sisters Adelee and Gentry Gates have been singing and performing as a duo for the past five years in and around their hometown of West Alexandria, Ohio.  Adelee, 21, and Gentry, 19, “have a polished folk-pop sound that is grounded by a rootsy base but elevated by the self-taught sisters’ unique yet captivating style of two-part harmonies.” (Dayton Daily News Life section and ActiveDayton.com) The sisterly collaboration released their breakthrough debut album, “Nice to Meet You...” in March 2012 and their holiday EP, “Waiting for Christmas,” later that same year. Their original vocal styling and harmonies are garnering attention from music industry pros such as Billboard 615 Spotlight and Music News Nashville. Adelee & Gentry have been featured on local TV shows (Living Dayton and Words & Music Nashville) as well as local radio stations. 

"We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to play alongside the Dayton Philharmonic in our own hometown,” said Adelee Gates. “Neal Gittleman is an amazing conductor, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to work with him.  We are overwhelmed by the support our community has given to us, and we are truly thankful.”

After intermission, some of the finest local chorus and choir singers across the Dayton and Miami Valley region, including members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, will come together to celebrate the holidays by taking the stage as the Holiday Pops Community Chorus, singing some of the great sacred music of the Christmas season.  In addition to the DPO Chorus, under the leadership of Chorus Director Hank Dahlman, the Holiday Pops Community Chorus comprises members from the following regional choruses and choirs:  Dayton Celebration Chorus, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Kettering Children’s Choir, Kirkmont Presbyterian Church, New Apostolic Church, Normandy United Methodist Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Washington Heights Baptist Church.  The Sinclair Community College Concert Handbell Choir will also take the stage to dazzle with their precision and interpretation of some holiday favorites.

Perhaps Perry Como captured the true spirit of Christmas when he first recorded "There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays" in 1954, in which—among references to the sunshine of a friendly gaze, pumpkin pie, folks traveling from Tennessee to Pennsylvania and vice versa—the most memorable words are "If you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays you can’t beat home, sweet home."

Tickets for the December 5 and December 6 performances of Hometown Holidays range from $23 to $78 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

Tickets for the December 7 performance of Hometown Holidays are available at the Hobart Arena Box Office (937) 339-2911 or by visiting www.hobartarena.com.

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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 proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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