DAYTON, OH (Jan 2, 2018) – The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is thrilled to present the 2018-2019 Vistas Season of the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The season was announced to great fanfare on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2017 to over 2,000 patrons at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.

The three DPAA Artistic Directors, Thomas Bankston, Dayton Opera; Karen Russo Burke, Dayton Ballet; and Neal Gittleman, Dayton Philharmonic, as well as DPAA President and CEO Paul Helfrich, have worked together to prepare a season full of groundbreaking and engaging performances that reveal bold new dimensions in every art form.

Subscriber Ticket Packages for all DPAA Vistas Season traditional series went on sale on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Current subscribers will have already received their renewal packages and will get first claim to their currently held seats, but only until February 28, 2018, when all unsold seats will be released. Tickets to eight Signature and Special Events—Beethoven’s Ninth, Dracula: Bloodlines, Handel’s Messiah, John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas, New Year’s Eve: Fiesta!, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Classical Connections Edition, DCDC 50th Anniversary Celebration, and Video Games Live—may be purchased only by series subscribers until the single-ticket on-sale date, currently scheduled for June 1, 2018. These events may be used as add-on Wildcards for the Masterworks Nine, Recital Series, and Family Four Alternate packages but not for FlexPass or A-Tier packages.

Season Ticket Packages can be ordered by calling Ticket Center Stage at (888) 228-3630, by visiting the DPAA website at, or by visiting the box office in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. Special gift incentives are available for those who renew or subscribe by January 31, 2018. More information can be found on the DPAA website.

“I’m always excited to announce our new season each January,” said Paul Helfrich, DPAA President and CEO. “It’s the culmination of months of planning, from the basics of blocking out weeks on the calendar and working out budgets to more abstract discussions of program themes and repertoire. It takes a while to get there and lots of discussion, but as always, I’m very pleased with the result! What am I looking forward to the most? Easy – two works I’ve never seen before – Salome and Sleeping Beauty– and another I’ve heard many times and is one of my favorites – Mahler’s First.”


For the 2018-2019 Vistas Season, Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston has selected the perfect combination of works that highlight opera in the different forms it can take on stage as the season expands from four to five programs.

The Season Opening Spectacular, produced as a stunning collaboration with Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic, officially opens the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance season in September 2018. The forces of these three magnificent art forms join to present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in a bold, groundbreaking style.

Fully staged productions of Verdi’s heart-wrenching drama Rigoletto and Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comedy The Pirates of Penzance follow in November and March. Then, in late March, Dayton Opera presents a sparkling Star Recital with singer Ryan Speedo Green, whose rise from tenements to the Metropolitan Opera Stage is both amazing and uplifting. A semi-staged presentation of Strauss’s earth-shattering Salome brings the opera season to a thunderous close in May.

Dayton Opera’s season is available as a five-performance series.


Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke leads the talented company of Dayton Ballet as they explore new horizons in dance in the 2018-2019 Season.

In September, Dayton Ballet takes the stage alongside Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic in the Season Opening Spectacular with a striking interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This event will be offered on three series: Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Masterworks, and Dayton Ballet. In October, the acclaimed presentation of Dracula: Bloodlines returns to set the stage for the late autumn season.

The December holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Land of Sweets in Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker, which returns once again for ten incredible performances. February brings a varied collection of bold works for the powerful program called Perspectives.

The season closes in April with a brand-new production of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Sleeping Beauty, presented for the first time in the Schuster Center with live orchestral music from Dayton Philharmonic. Karen Russo Burke has choreographed a beautiful version of this timeless classic that is sure to delight audiences with a story close to so many hearts.

The Ballet season is available as a five-performance series.


Classical music is presented in a panorama of options, all sure to delight both novice and expert, in Dayton Philharmonic’s flagship series. For starters, the Premier Health Masterworks Series opens with a groundbreaking presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will join Dayton Opera, along with Dayton Ballet, to present this exciting masterwork in a one-of-a-kind presentation unique to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

The Masterworks Season brings a calendar full of dynamic soloists and major classical compositions to the fore. Sensational works for piano, violin, flute, and bassoon are performed by artists both long established and on the ascent. Works by classical icons such as Brahms, Mozart, Mahler, Prokofiev, Bartók and Bernstein take center stage as guest artists, including Chad Hoopes, Yevgeny Kutik, Misha Dichter, Andrea Griminelli, and DPO’s own Rachael Young, grace the stage with their mastery of their instruments and their impeccable musicianship.

The Masterworks season is available as either a nine- or six-concert series.


For those who enjoy their classics along with entertaining context, Neal Gittleman hosts and conducts a new, but still familiar, series: the Demirjian Sundae Classics Series. The format is similar to last season’s Classical Connections Series, but the explanations are briefer, leaving more time for the music to sweep the audiences off their feet. The season’s program includes great works by Mahler, Mussorgsky, Bruch, Bernstein, and Brahms.

In March, the series features a matinee performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Sleeping Beauty. And in April, for the first time, Neal will explore rock repertoire with an unique journey into the world of The Beatles and their lengendary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As is tradition, each concert on this series comes complete with a Q&A with Maestro Gittleman and a free scoop of Graeter’s ice cream in the Wintergarden following the performance. The Sundae Classics season is available as a five-performance series.


The new Recital Series, formerly the Chamber Series, is one of the best values in performing arts. It includes two chamber programs at the Dayton Art Institute specially designed by Concertmaster Jessica Hung, one featuring the Dayton Philharmonic Principal String Quartet and one on which Jessica herself will perform in a trio with two of her good friends on cello and piano in a Concertmaster’s Choice. These programs make for two lovely intimate Sunday afternoons of music in the gorgeous Renaissance Auditorium at DAI.

In addition, this new series will include the sparkling Star Recital with singer Ryan Speedo Green at the Schuster Center in March, along with a C-tier Wildcard that can be used for any DPAA event throughout 2018-2019. The Recital Series is available as a four-performance series.


The DPAA understands that an appreciation of the arts starts at an early age and lasts a lifetime. So the Dayton Philharmonic remains committed to offering programs to allow parents, grandparents, and caretakers to share the performing arts with their children through programs that encourage and deepen that appreciation.

The DP&L Family Series is a great way to introduce the mystery and majesty of classical music, dance and song to the youthful mind. The annual PhilharMonster Halloween concert is a Dayton favorite, where spooky meets silly in a program for the entire family to enjoy. The series also includes a trip Bach to the Future with Platypus Theatre, performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO) under the baton of DPYO Conductor Patrick Reynolds.

In December, the DPO invites families into Dayton’s beloved holiday tradition with a journey to the Land of Sweets in Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Then, in March, the DPAA opens the world of opera to the young and young-at-heart with Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking operetta The Pirates of Penzance. An alternative version of the Family Series substitutes a Wildcard for this opera experience, designed for families with children under six.

The Family Season is available as a four-performance series.

Leading vocalists, celebrated instrumentalists, splendid orchestral arrangements, daring aerial acrobatics, and fabulous movie music constitute the 2018-2019 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series.

The season opens with a visit to The Great White Way and the Hits of Lerner and Loewe on My Fair Broadway. Then it’s time to celebration the holidays with good family and friends as they make their way to the Gem City for a Hometown Holiday celebration.

In January, the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest cirque performers are blended with stunning symphonic music as audiences are treated to a full sensory experience that will have them on the edge of their seats and in awe of the beauty, thrills, and majesty that is Cirque Musica: Crescendo. In February, Eileen Ivers joins the DPO for Celtic Spirit, with a performance so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it promises to change the way Dayton audiences think about the violin.

With the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December 2017, the DPAA cannot help but be in the John Williams spirit. In March, the Dayton Philharmonic will present an all-new journey through the thrills and chills of his incomparable musical scores with The Best of John Williams II. The SuperPops Season comes to a close in May with A Tribute to the one and only Louis Armstrong. Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt performance, with his signature version of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” to close the show, “always leaves ’em dancing in the aisles!”

The SuperPops Season is available as a six-performance series.


The Dayton Freight Rockin’ Orchestra Series is THE musical crossroads where rock meets orchestra, a celebration of “music that shaped a generation” performed by guest bands together with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The season takes off in style in November with a visit from a band that has been going to the edge for over forty years as the DPO proudly welcomes Jefferson Starship!

In November, the DPO gives thanks for the musical talent of Dayton when over 30 local musicians and artists take the Schuster Center Stage with the DPO to present The Last Waltz: Live with the Dayton Philharmonic. Then, the Gem City gets its groove on in January when world-class vocalists and musicians from the ranks of The Miracles, The Capitols, and former members of The Temptations, together in a group called the Motortown All-Stars, join the DPO for The Magic of Motown.

In February, the number-one Eagles tribute band Hotel California delivers a modern, action packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millennium with A Salute to the Eagles. In late March, Dayton favorites Jeans ’n Classics and conductor Patrick Reynolds will take a whirlwind tour of The Top Twenty Rock Hits of All Time.

April closes the Rockin’ Orchestra Season with a performance very near to Maestro Neal Gittleman’s heart as the DPO and guest band Classical Mystery Tour take Dayton on a magical mystery tour through the complete Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, including “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane.” Neal takes a closer look at this iconic album on the Sundae Classics Series on the Sunday following this spectacular Saturday concert.

The Rockin’ Orchestra Season is available as a six-performance series.

As a leader in performing arts in Southwest Ohio and the nation’s only combined Ballet, Opera and Philharmonic, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) strives continually to bring wholly new experiences to the stage.

Signature Events are those that combine the power of all three art forms. The DPAA is proud to present three Signature Events in 2018-2019 that showcase the fruitful results when Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and the Dayton Philharmonic collaborate to produce groundbreaking performing arts. All three art forms will take the stage in September for an unprecedented performance of Beethoven’s Ninth; in October for a return to the scintillating Dracula: Bloodlines; and, of course, on December 31, for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration that continues to be the toast of the town.

Special Events are those that are usually purchased apart from packaged series. In addition to the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present four unique experiences that are sure to leave audiences speechless. In late December, the DPO invites Dayton to gather family and friends in the warmth of the Schuster Center for a John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas with guest performer Jim Curry. Then in April, Maestro Neal Gittleman takes audiences on a unique journey inside the world of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) has invited the Dayton Philharmonic to perform the music for the May 4 evening of their Golden celebration. Then, to officially wrap up the 2018-2019 season in June, the Dayton Philharmonic will present an immersive, mind-blowing concert event called Video Games Live, featuring music along with exclusive video footage, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, and live action from the most popular video games of all time.


Subscribing to a series offers a sizable savings over single-ticket prices. Subscriptions for Dayton Ballet are $70 to $360 and for Dayton Opera are $124 to $401. DPO Masterworks 9 (which includes Sleeping Beauty with orchestra and a Wildcard ticket to any performance in the Vistas Season) is $108 to $450, and Masterworks 6 is $78 to $321. Rockin’ Orchestra is $156 to $420, SuperPops $147 to $393, Sundae Classics $70 to $173, and Recital Series and Family are $80 each. Discounts are available for Seniors, Students, Educators and Military. For more information, or to subscribe to any one of the DPAA 2018-2019 Vistas Season series, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit online at


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