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DAYTON OH (October 13, 2010 – On Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center, the area’s largest musical Halloween celebration – PhilharMonster – returns, as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Neal Gittleman open the 2010-2011 DP&L Family Series with an array of spooky musical treats.

Maestro Gittleman will lead a costumed Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra through a program that includes Daniel James Chan’s Overture for a Comic Book Hero, the Halloween favorite Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns, and George Kleinsinger’s children’s classic Tubby the Tuba, featuring soloist Timothy Northcut, Principal Tuba of the DPO, and narrator Paul Helfrich. The program concludes with music from popular electronic games in the “Video Games Live” suite. .

Neal has a tradition of wearing some rather elaborate costumes of his own at the PhilharMonster concert.  What will he be this year?  We can’t say – we’re sworn to secrecy, but audiences are sure to be amazed!


If you’d like to come in costume yourself, please do!  You can join in the DPO’s annual costume contest at 2:20 pm in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Contestants can win DPO concert tickets in three divisions: Age 3-5, Age 6-9, and Age 10 and up.   Families are encouraged to come at 2:00 for other free activities, also in the Wintergarden. For more information, call 224-3521.

Tickets for the PhilharMonster concert range from $12 – $19 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

The Family Series sponsor is Dayton Power & Light.   The concert sponsor for PhilharMonster is One Call Now.