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“There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” as Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Hometown Holiday

Concert to Feature Local Jazz Band Moment’s Notice, 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 x1138 
DAYTON, OH (November 18, 2016) – On Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present Hometown Holiday, the second concert in the Kettering Health Network’s 2016–2017 SuperPops Season.  Associate Sponsor for this performance is StoryPoint Senior Living Communities. 

For this year’s Hometown Holiday concert, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined on stage by local jazz band Moment’s Notice 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. 

The Hometown Holiday concert will begin with festive holiday openers “A Christmas Fanfare” by James Beckel and “The Skater’s Waltz” by Émile Waldteufel. Then the Kettering Children’s Choir, under the direction of Mark Jauss, will perform an inspriring holiday selection with the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  

The DPO will then be joined by local band Moment’s Notice, a pop and jazz group entirely composed of former United States Air Force bandsmen, with more than 80 years of combined service.  Band members include guitarist and vocalist Dave Cousino, bassist Vinnie Marshall, lead vocalist Felita LaRock, and DPO’s own percussionist Jerry Noble.   Moment’s Notice, along with DPO, will dazzle the audience with a selection of jazzy Christmas favorites, including “Where Are You This Christmas,” “Merry Christmas, Darling,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Breath of Heaven,” and “This Christmas.” 

After intermission, some of the finest local chorus and choir singers across the Dayton and Miami Valley region, including members of the Dayton Philharmonic Festival Chorus, under the direction of Amy Vaubel, will come together to celebrate the holidays by taking the stage together as the Holiday Pops Community Chorus, singing some of the great sacred music of the Christmas season.  The Holiday Pops Community Chorus comprises members from the following regional choruses and choirs:  Epiphany Lutheran Church, Kirkmont Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Dayton Celebration Chorus, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Normandy United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, and Peace Lutheran Church. The Sinclair College Concert Handbell Choir will also take the stage to delight 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 9 and December 10 performances of Hometown Holiday range from $29 to $79 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

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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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