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Wednesday, December 31, 8 pm concert at the Schuster Center affords a musical celebration of New Year’s Eve with an evening of light music, all based on dance.

On Wednesday, December 31 from 8 pm to 10 pm in the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Neal Gittleman will present a program that continues a Dayton tradition.

In this year’s concert, Everybody Dance!, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Neal Gittleman present a festive program that has become one of the region’s most famous traditions: the DPO’s marvelous New Year’s Eve Concert. This year, Music Director Neal Gittleman puts a new spin on the Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve classic event when he programs an evening of light music, all based on dance. Yes, a few of the Viennese waltz standards will be played, but Neal will spice up the roster with favorites from the traditions of the minuet, ballroom, folk, tango, jazz, bossa nova, flamenco, hoedown, jitterbug, tap, and saltarello styles. You will leave the hall ready to dance into the New Year.

As a special treat, the DPO will feature its new and youngest ever (22) concertmaster, Jessica Hung, in a solo performance of Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

At intermission, there will be complimentary champagne (!), courtesy of Kettering Health Network (to toast one another’s health, of course).

In a separate, but related, activity, the Dayton Marriott is offering a special New Year’s Concert package that includes concert tickets for two, shuttle, champagne and chocolates in-room upon return, overnight accommodations, and breakfast in Parmizzano’s. Call (937) 223-1000, or make reservations online at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dayoh-dayton-marriott.

For photographs of Neal Gittleman or any of the various series’ guest artists, go to: