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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Members of Dayton Ballet, and vocalist Claire Northcut to Perform at Annual Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

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

DAYTON, OH (April 30, 2015) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will take the stage again this year to present a Memorial Day Weekend Concert on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. as the featured performance of the Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Historical Park, the Park's exciting day of music and family events. Dayton Ballet joins the Dayton Philharmonic for this special performance, bringing music and dance to the Dayton Heritage Festival celebration. 

Carillon Park will open at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, and admission to the Dayton Heritage Festival is $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $5 for all Active Military, Retirees, Veterans, and Reservists with valid I.D. $5 for Children aged 3–17, and FREE for Dayton History Members and Children under 3.  Parking is also free. No carried-in food or beverages are permitted. In the event of cancellation due to weather, the rain date for the Dayton Heritage Festival and the DPO performance will be Monday, May 25.  

This year’s concert program includes works by Harris (Americana), Dvořák (the famed slow movement or “Goin’ Home” from the New World Symphony), Gershwin (Lullaby), Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven), the famous Raiders of the Lost Ark March by Williams, and music from DPAA’s very own Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung (Into Light).  Dayton Ballet joins the DPO to dazzle the audience with American Salute by Morton Gould and Plink! Plank! Plunk! by Leroy Anderson. Dayton Ballet dancer Paul Gilliam will be choreographing these two works especially for this occasion for Dayton Ballet dancers Brittany Butler, Evan Pitts, and Nathaly Prieto.

A special featured vocalist will also perform, as the incredibly talented young Claire Northcut, daughter of DPO flutist Jennifer Northcut and DPO Principal Tuba Timothy Northcut, takes the summer stage with American Tears by Teresa Jennings and the popular “Let it Go” by husband and wife duo Lopez & Anderson from the hit movie Frozen. Of course, the evening would not be complete without "The Star-Spangled Banner" to start the festivities, the celebratory 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, the traditional "Armed Forces Salute" by Lowden, and Sousa’s beloved "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

A special, never-before-seen addition to this year’s program will be an unprecedented collaboration between orchestra and skydivers.  As the DPO and Neal Gittleman perform their final number, the four members of the skydiving team “Fastrax” will make a thrilling parachute descent into Carillon Park in an astonishing combination of artistry and skill.    . 

Highlights of the Dayton Heritage Festival include the opportunity to explore over 30 historical buildings and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Patrons may also enjoy carousel and train rides for $1 each; a free Kid Zone that includes make-and-take crafts; historical games, activities, and face painting; Americana-style food and beverages for sale; live entertainment throughout the day; even the chance to play baseball with the Clodbusters vintage baseball team; all leading up to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Concert and the Grand Finale Skydiving Performance.

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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 House Historic Site, the Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, Memorial Hall, the Archive Center, and the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning 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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