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Ring in the New Year and Celebrate the Arrival of 2017 with Music, Song, and Dance from Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra This New Year’s Eve



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

DAYTON, OH (December 2,  2016) – On Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) will present New Year’s Eve: American Vistas. This concert is the second Signature Event of the DPAA 2016-2017 Excite Season, when all three members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance – dancers from Dayton Ballet, vocalists from Dayton Opera, and the musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra – combine their talents for an artistic celebration second to none. 

Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston, Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, and Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke together present an outstanding celebration of music, song, and dance. Guest vocalist soprano Kara Shay Thomson returns to the Mead Theatre Stage to lend her much-acclaimed voice to the night’s festivities. Ms. Thomson’s “plush, vibrant, powerful voice” (N.Y. Times) was last heard with Dayton Opera in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca in 2013.

The theme for this exciting evening is American Vistas, and the DPAA celebrates with works from some of the best-known American composers, including Buck, Bernstein, Floyd, Gershwin, Harris, Herbert, and Joplin.  Music from Johann Strauss I and Johann Strauss II, father and son, lights up the evening as well, with a lovely waltz and a merry march.

The DPAA New Year’s Eve celebration opens with Dudley Buck’s rousing Festival Overture. Buck’s famous overture is based on the theme of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and will end with an audience sing-along to get the party started just right!

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.  

Soprano Kara Shay Thomson takes to the stage next with selections from two famous American operas. She will echo the thoughts of everyone in attendance at this New Year’s Eve celebration with “Ain’t It a Pretty Night” from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, one of the most-performed American operas, and “What Good Would the Moon Be” from Kurt Weill’s opera Street Scene, based on Elmer Rice’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.

The Dayton Philharmonic is joined on stage by dancers Margot Aknin, Peter Kurta, Annalise Woller and Case Bodamer from Dayton Ballet with a captivating trio from Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento, including “Mazurka,” “Samba,” and “Turkey Trot.” Choreography to selections from the engaging musical masterpiece was created by Case Bodamer.
 
The first half ends with Gershwin’s inspiring “An American in Paris,” characterized as a “jazz-influenced symphonic poem,” and one of Gershwin’s best-known compositions. 

In the second half of the program, the DPO dazzles with Arthur Harris’s festive Americana. Then Ms. Thomson appears once again with “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” from Jerome Kern’s 1927 groundbreaking smash hit Show Boat and “Art Is Calling for Me” from The Enchantress, Victor Herbert’s 1911 comic opera.

The DPO will have everyone two-stepping in their seats with Scott Joplin’s joyous “Ragtime Dance,” and the evening winds to its glorious finish with “The Blue River Waltz” by John Bouquet, Jr., capped off with a thrilling performance of “The Rad Jet-Ski March” by his father, John Bouquet, Sr.  The evening draws to a close with the traditional and nostalgic "Auld Lang Syne" as we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017!

The night would not be complete without a little sneak peek of what is to come from the DPAA as an announcement is made from the stage regarding the upcoming 2017-2018 season.  

The Schuster Center New Year’s Eve traditions that revelers have come to love and anticipate will again be part of the evening’s festivities: delicious food-by-the-bite in the Wintergarden beforehand, a flute of champagne at intermission, and a colorful climactic balloon drop. All of these have made this evening in the Mead Theatre the essential place to be on New Year's Eve in Dayton. 

This New Year’s Eve concert is an excellent option for those looking for an end-of-year tradition that favors the 8 pm to 10:30 pm time slot and sets the tone for whatever else concertgoers may want to do that night before the ball drops.  Seats should be reserved early, as New Year’s Eve with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance nearly sells out every year! 

Tickets for New Year’s Eve: American Vistas range from $25 to $74 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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