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An Out-of-This-World Farmer, a Marionette, a Ghostbuster, and a Disney Ice Princess All Take Center Stage at the Schuster for the DPO’s Annual PhilharMonster Concert This October 30



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (October 6, 2016) – On Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present the first concert in the 2016–2017 DP&L Foundation Family Series, PhilharMonster.  In addition to being the Family Series Sponsor for 2016-2017, DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2016-2017 Excite Season is also the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

The DPO kicks off the 2016–2017 Family Series by presenting its annual 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.  Conductor Neal Gittleman will continue his tradition of onstage Halloween hilarity when he surprises the audience with this year’s choice of masquerade.  His costumed performance is so secret that even we don’t know what he has up his sleeve this year!

Maestro Gittleman will open the concert promptly at 3:00 p.m., immediately capturing the audience’s attention with a celebratory and traditional presentation of “Four Ruffles and Flourishes and Hail to the Chief.” Then, audience members young and young-at-heart will experience a special treat as the DPO presents the short animated film Farmer Glorp, based on the story of Sunlandia, written in 2014 by first graders at the Miami Valley School in Dayton.  The movie was created by students in the University of Central Florida's (Orlando, FL) Character Animation Program. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung composed the enchanting score to Farmer Glorp, which will be played live by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Meandering into a more mysterious mode, the DPO presents Charles Gounod’s short work “Funeral March of a Marionette,” a piece best known as the theme music for the TV program Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Then, Maestro Gittleman is pleased to present a world premiere work from his good friend composer Michael Schelle, with his new piece entitled “and then they just disappear into the night.”

Next, the DPO is thrilled to welcome good friend Katie Pees from The Human Race Theatre Company to the stage for two arrangements guaranteed to have the audience captivated until the final note.  First, Katie will narrate an intriguing story as the DPO plays the music to A Major-Minor Mystery.  Then, a visit to the Frozen Ice Castle and the chilly Princess Elsa as Katie sings Lopez and Anderson’s Academy Award winning song “Let It Go.”  Every prince and princess in the audience is invited to sing along to everyone’s favorite Frozen melody.

The program ends as Maestro Gittleman and the DPO chase all the ghosts and goblins in the Schuster right into Halloween night with the 1984 Ray Parker, Jr. smash hit “Ghostbusters!” 

Activities for kids of all ages begin at 2 p.m. in the Wintergarden of the Schuster with crafts, treats, a scavenger hunt, a costume parade, and the popular instrument petting zoo. 

Tickets for PhilharMonster are $22 for adults and $14 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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