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Dayton Celebrates Spring with Singin’ in the Rain as Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Performs the Entire Score Live as the Movie Plays at the Schuster Center this April



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

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

DAYTON, OH (March 19, 2015) – On Friday, April 10, 2015 and Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Singin’ in the Rain, the sixth and final concert of the Kettering Health Network 2014-2015 SuperPops Series. The DPAA Innovation Partner for this and all performances this season is the DP&L Foundation—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director Neal Gittleman will conduct the entire score to the MGM film Singin’ in the Rain as the movie projects on a large screen above the orchestra.  Maestro Gittleman and the DPO provide the full orchestral accompaniment to the film with the soundtrack stripped of all orchestral music; only the actors’ dialogue and vocals remain. The result is an engaging experience of film and live musical score—surround sound at its outright finest!

“All the movie shows we do are fun, but they are incredibly challenging and more than a little nerve-wracking for the conductor and for the orchestra,” said Maestro Neal Gittleman.  “The film and its associated clock run inexorably along with the music, so the process demands a lot of concentration by the conductor and by each of the musicians.  But that’s show business, and show business is what Singin’ in the Rain is all about!

In 1952, when motion picture films were just beginning to face serious competition from a new technological advancement in entertainment known as television, MGM produced a movie about a time in Hollywood’s history when studios faced a similar problem—the conversion from silent film to “talkies.” Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly directed Singin’ in the Rain, which starred Kelly, Donald O'Connor, a barely-20-year-old Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen, with Kelly providing the choreography. The plot: four Hollywood performers must find a way to survive the transition from silent films to sound.

Considered one of the best musicals ever produced, Singin’ in the Rain topped the American Film Institute's 100 Years of Musicals list and ranked fifth in its list of the greatest American films in 2007. And the music featured in this musical comedy was doubtless a major contributing cause. The song list includes "All I Do Is Dream of You," "Beautiful Girl," "Broadway Melody Ballet" (composed of "The Broadway Melody" and "Broadway Rhythm"), "Fit as a Fiddle (And Ready for Love)," "Good Morning," "I Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'," "Make 'Em Laugh," "Moses Supposes," "Should I?" "Singin' in the Rain," "Temptation," "The Wedding of the Painted Doll," "Would You?" "You Were Meant for Me," and "You Are My Lucky Star."

This April, audience members in the Schuster Center are invited to sing along with, or just tap their toes to, the music of one of Hollywood’s best musical films, as they watch some of Hollywood’s greatest talents splash across the screen.

Tickets for Singin’ in the Rain range from $23 to $78 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher, student, and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information on this production or on other upcoming performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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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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