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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Announces Its DPAA Reimagined Season 2020‒2021

New DPAA Reimagined Season Features In-theatre and Live Stream Performances to Replace Previously Scheduled Celebrate Season

DAYTON, OH (December 8, 2020) – The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) today announces important changes to its 2020‒2021 Season.

First, the unfortunate news. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance today regretfully announces that all originally scheduled programs in its 2020-2021 Celebrate Season will not go on as planned.

“In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our musicians, dancers, singers, patrons, and staff, we are unable to carry out the original 2020‒2021 Celebrate Season as we had planned and had announced last December 2019,” said DPAA President and CEO Pat McDonald. “We have had to look carefully at what types of programming we can offer, keeping in mind the number of musicians who can be on stage safely together and the social distancing protocols that will ensure the safety of our dancers and singers. While we are cancelling many of our previously scheduled programs in our Celebrate Season, we are thrilled to also be announcing our DPAA Reimagined Season 2020‒2021, with eleven new Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic programs. Access to these performances can be purchased in three ways: via in-theatre tickets, live stream tickets, or a Virtual Streams membership.”

Patrons can see the full list of cancelled Celebrate Season performances and learn what to do with their tickets to these cancelled performances by visiting the DPAA Website at https://daytonperformingarts.org/covid-19/. Tickets that have been or will be placed on account can be used to purchase tickets to the DPAA Reimagined Season 2020–2021 by calling the box office at (937) 228-3630.


Now, for the exciting news! The DPAA is thrilled to announce a brand new DPAA Reimagined Season 2020‒2021.

To accommodate a variety of needs, audiences will have three choices to enjoy these new programs:

  • Patrons can attend in-theatre performances with socially-distanced, sanitized seating at the Schuster Center or Victoria Theatre. Each performance will be between 50 and 90 minutes each with no intermission, and limited seating is available in each theater.
  • Patrons can view live-stream performances from the comfort of home in real time as they are performed from the stage.
  • Patrons can become a DPAA Virtual Streams member which, depending on the membership level, provides access to all DPAA Reimagined Season live and recorded performances, as well as performances from past Autumn, Holiday and Family Streams.

“Our intention is to provide patrons with a wide variety of choices so they can access music, song, and dance from Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic in a way that works best for them,” said Pat McDonald. “Due to limited seating capacity, all in-theatre tickets are initially being offered to our current Celebrate Season subscribers. The remainder of the in-theatre tickets will be available to the general public on January 5, 2021.”

The following is the exciting line-up of programs included in the launch of the DPAA Reimagined Season 2020–2021:


New Year’s Eve: A New Beginning
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Live Stream from the Schuster Center at 8:30 p.m.
Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance rings in the New Year 2021, with Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Ballet together on stage for their first ever live stream performance from the Schuster Center. The musicians, singers, and dancers will take the stage at the Schuster Center for an exciting evening of music, song, and dance; however, the Schuster Center audience will remain empty in an abundance of caution for the safety of everyone involved. Enjoy this DPAA New Year’s celebration from the comfort of home as together we bid a final farewell to 2020 and celebrate the possibilities and the promise of A New Beginning for 2021!

Beethoven 8 and Florence Price
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Live Stream at 8:30 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Philharmonic
Price: Violin Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to be back on stage in the Schuster Center with a live audience for their first Masterworks Concert of the New Year! The concert opens with Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Price once wrote in a letter to conductor Serge Koussevitzky, “To begin with I have two handicaps – those of sex and race. I am a woman; and I have some Negro blood in my veins,” adding “I would like to be judged on merit alone.” (www.npr.com) Merit, indeed, as her talent sparkles in this beautiful work. Concertmaster Jessica Hung takes center stage to perform Price’s composition. Then, continuing our two-year celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the DPO performs his Symphony No. 8, a short, spirited work composed between two much more famous symphonies, yet a definite force in its own right that celebrates the composer’s playful side. The DPO offers two live in-theater performances of this concert (with no intermission) for those who cannot wait to be back in the Schuster Center to see and hear the DPO in person, as well as a live stream option for those who prefer to view the performance from the comfort of home. 

Dance and Romance
Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Live Stream Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Victoria Theatre
Dayton Ballet
The full Dayton Ballet company of dancers is thrilled to be back on stage at their home at the Victoria Theatre for their first live in-person performance after being shut down for nearly a year because of COVID-19, and what better weekend to celebrate than Valentine’s Day weekend! The dancers have prepared a series of duets that explore all the emotions of love, from ecstasy to anger to tenderness to adoration, and everything in between. Enjoy the artistry, athleticism, and sheer beauty of our 18 professional dancers, either in-person at the historic Victoria Theatre of via live stream from the comfort of home. Either way, celebrate your loved ones this weekend, with love from Dayton Ballet.

Don Giovanni: Essential Opera
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Live Stream at 8:00 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Opera
Don Giovanni: Essential Opera presents this essential work of the opera repertory in a way that responds to the needs of our current times and to our artists and audience. The performance will focus on the essence of the music and drama in an abridged, 90-minute production (with no intermission) that captures all of Mozart’s greatness in an exciting and 21st century way. This compact format will adhere to social distancing and other health parameters for a welcomed and safe experience for both our artists and audience.

Don Giovanni is one of opera’s most compelling anti-heroes. Based on legends of the infamous Don Juan, the tale follows the title character through seduction, deception, ominous foreshadowing, and irreverent reveling, all the way to a hair-raising ending where things get a little “heated,” and our rapscallion gets his just rewards! It’s no wonder that Don Giovanni is one of Mozart’s supreme musical achievements and is considered one of the greatest operas of all time. 


The Best of John Williams
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Live Stream at 8:30 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Philharmonic
Often called “America’s composer,” John Williams has been creating movie music since 1959. He has won 24 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 51 times for an Academy Award, winning the coveted statue five times over the years. His staggering number of Academy nods makes him the second-most nominated individual for the Oscar, next to none other than Mr. Walt Disney himself. In fact, Williams has composed the soundtrack for eight of the twenty highest grossing films at the U.S. box office. To say that John Williams has had a great influence on the very fabric of American culture over the last 60 years is an understatement! This March, the Williams musical magic continues as Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic prepare a Pops performance that pays tribute to even more music from this Hollywood legend.

Angel Blue: Opera Star Recital
Celebrating Artistic Director Thomas Bankston’s 25th Anniversary and Dayton Opera’s 60th Anniversary
Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Live Stream at 3:00 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Opera
Dayton Opera is thrilled to celebrate its 60th Anniversary with an Opera Star Recital featuring the sensational soprano, Angel Blue. This recital will also celebrate a special 25th anniversary of Artistic Director Thomas Bankston’s leadership of Dayton Opera.

Acclaimed for the beauty of her voice and her stunning stage presence, Angel Blue is quickly rising to the top of her profession. She travels the world in high demand, and Dayton has the great fortune of hearing her in the sonic splendor of our own Schuster Center this March. Her recital will showcase wide-ranging repertoire from composers of opera and song literature, as well as African American spirituals. This Opera Star Recital promises to be a very special occasion at the Schuster Center to celebrate Dayton Opera!

Dayton Funk: A Tribute to Dayton’s Funk Legacy
with The Dayton Funk All-Stars and Special Guests
Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Live Stream at 8:30 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Philharmonic
The Dayton Philharmonic travels back in time to Dayton during the 70s and 80s when our city emerged as the “World Capital of Funk.” The R&B charts of these two decades topped out with more hits from Dayton artists than from almost any other American city. Celebrate this era of Dayton with us as symphony fuses with jazz, blues, and rock, as we team up with The Funk Center and UD’s Funk Symposium to celebrate the history, legacy, and future of Dayton’s unique brand of American popular music. Join us live in the Schuster Center or enjoy our live stream from the comfort of home as we celebrate the era of Funk in the Gem City.

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Live Stream Saturday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Victoria Theatre
Dayton Ballet
Dayton Ballet dons its glass slipper and takes another giant step forward in reviving live dance with one of the most popular and most widely performed classical ballets of all time—Cinderella! Prokofiev’s beautiful music has inspired the most acclaimed of choreographers to bring the fairytale character to life on stage, perhaps as Prokofiev himself envisioned her. Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke originally choreographed this production in 2013, with all the intrigue, love and humor one would expect from one of the world’s most iconic rags-to-riches love stories. Dayton Ballet brings to the stage a condensed presentation of this story ballet—just 70 minutes long with no intermission—with such artistry, exquisite dancing, and a healthy dose of humor, that another word might just come to mind when we say “Cinderella”—magic.

La Traviata: Essential Opera
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Live Stream at 8:00 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Opera
La Traviata: Essential Opera presents a second essential work of the opera repertory as we continue in a format that responds to the needs of our current times and to our artists and audience. The performance will also focus on the essence of the music and drama in an abridged, 90-minute production (with no intermission) that captures all of Verdi’s greatness in an exciting and 21st century way. We will continue to adhere to social distancing and other health parameters for a welcomed and safe experience for both our artists and audience.

In this tragic tale of love, like Alfredo, you will be swept away by Violetta’s celebrated charm, even if you know in advance that she is “la traviata” – the woman who strayed. Though their love is doomed from the start, it’s no less passionate. You’ll be riveted by the compelling story of thwarted love set to Verdi’s rich and evocative music. Bring a handkerchief for the end, when those who love her most gather around Violetta’s bedside in a final, heartbreaking ending.

Beethoven 1 and The Firebird
Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Live Stream at 8:30 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Philharmonic
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
The Firebird
Composed on the threshold of a new century, Beethoven’s First Symphony broke free from the influence of Haydn and Mozart and was certainly viewed as iconoclastic by the Viennese audience of 1800. The DPO concludes a two-year celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with this visit to Symphony No. 1. Composed for the renowned Ballets Russes, Stravinsky’s sumptuous Suite from The Firebird is filled with the stuff of legends: a prince, captive princesses, the Firebird’s magic feather, and the evil ogre Kastchei. Vibrant colors and rich harmonies glitter and pulse with fantastic effects, ending with a shimmering climax proclaiming a happy ever-after.

One Vision: The Music of Queen
Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Live Stream at 8:30 p.m.
Schuster Center
Dayton Philharmonic
As one of the best-selling bands in history, Queen has been considered a rock ’n’ roll icon since the 1970s. With over four decades of music and 18 number-one albums to their credit, they are recognized as one of the most influential British rock bands of all time. Dayton favorites Jeans ’n Classics joins the Dayton Philharmonic to pay homage to Freddie Mercury and Queen for a Rockin’ Orchestra concert to bring the DPAA Reimagined Season to its we-will-rock-you end.


In-Theatre Tickets
An in-theatre ticket at the Schuster Center or Victoria Theatre is $50 per performance.

Live-Stream Tickets
A live-stream ticket is $25 per performance.
Note: The purchase of a live-stream ticket also gives the patron on-demand access to the performance through June 30, 2021.


The DPAA will continue to offers its Virtual Streams membership at four different levels:

  • Free Membership: Enjoy an array of recorded concerts from Autumn Streams, Holiday Streams, and Family Streams for FREE from the comfort of home.
  • Basic Membership ($100): Enjoy access to all recorded concerts from the DPAA Reimagined Season 2020‒2021 plus Autumn Streams, Holiday Streams, Family Streams.
  • Plus Membership ($250): Enjoy access to programs available at the Basic donation level, plus DPAA Bonus Performances, Artist Q&As, and Behind-the-Scenes videos.
  • Premium Membership ($500): Enjoy access to all programs and extras available at the Plus membership level, plus access to all live-streams of the DPAA Reimagined Season 2020‒2021.

Patrons who donate tickets for a canceled 2020-2021 Celebrate Season performance will receive access to the DPAA Virtual Streams at a level that matches the value of their ticket donation.

For information on how to register and to access all DPAA Virtual Streams, visit www.DaytonPerformingArts.org/streams/. For more information on upcoming DPAA performances for Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic, please visit www. DaytonPerformingArts.org or call the Box Office at 937-228-3630.


 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.