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Marching Goblins, Mischievous Zombies and a Trip to a Galaxy Far, Far Away as Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Its Annual PhilharMonster Concert on Sunday, October 18



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org

DAYTON, OH (October 1, 2015) – On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present the first concert in the 2015–2016 DP&L Foundation Family Series, PhilharMonster.  In addition to being the Family Series Sponsor for 2015-2016, DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2015-2016 Ascend Season is the also the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

The DPO kicks off the 2015–2016 Family Series by presenting its legendary PhilharMonster Halloween Concert, setting the spooky stage for Halloween and getting the mood just right for reveling in the wonders of the autumn season.

Music Director Neal Gittleman will continue his tradition of onstage Halloween hilarity when he surprises the audience with this year’s choice of masquerade. Neal will lead a costumed Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra through a program chosen to delight families with the sounds of the Halloween season.

The program will start off with Adam Glaser’s frolicking March of the Little Goblins.  Then the orchestra will have some seasonal fun with Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bare Mountain, sometimes also called Night on Bald Mountain, which may sound very familiar if one has had the joy of watching the Disney film Fantasia.  The violinists and violists will need to hold on tightly to their bows for the next selection, Richard Meyer’s Rosin-Eating Zombies from Outer Space. 

The orchestra then plays a wonderful piece of music from Johannes Brahms’s final symphony – the third movement of his Symphony No. 4, which “overflows with high spirits and raw energy, with the piccolo and triangle adding to the performing forces for extra sizzle.”(LaPhil) Maestro Gittleman then returns to Fantasia with Paul Dukas’s dizzying and captivating The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Dayton original Jim Bucher joins the fun as narrator of this special performance. The concert ends, heading off to a galaxy far, far away, with a Williams-Burden medley from the epic movie Star Wars. 

Activities for kids of all ages begin at 2 p.m. in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Enjoy crafts, an instrument petting zoo, and the DPO's annual costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for cutest, scariest and most creative costumes in age categories of 3 to 5, 6 to 9, and 10 and up. The costume contest is a great opportunity for kids to test-drive their Halloween costumes early!

Tickets for PhilharMonster are $22 for adults and $12 for children and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher and military 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.

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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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