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DAYTON, OH (December 14, 2009) – A Dayton New Year’s Eve tradition will continue on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Schuster Center, as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Kettering Health Network present “A Viennese Homecoming.”  


Vienna, orchestral concerts, and New Year’s have a special association, as the New Year Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is internationally famous and is broadcast each year to an estimated audience of one billion in more than 50 countries[update].  Many traditions associated with that concert (generous helpings of Strauss waltzes, including the famous “Blue Danube,” and New Year’s wishes from members of the orchestra) will be duplicated by the DPO, with one important difference – while the Viennese concert takes place New Year’s morning, American versions of this concert, including the DPO’s, are almost always held on New Year’s Eve.

The 2009 edition of the New Year’s Eve celebration will feature soprano soloist, Kettering native, and Muse Machine alumna Laura Portune, performing music by Mozart, Lehár, Johann Strauss II, and Leonard Bernstein, and violin soloist Kirstin Greenlaw, principal 2nd violinist of the DPO, performing Antonín Dvorák’s Romance, Op. 11.  Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.


The concert includes complimentary champagne at intermission and a festive balloon drop at its conclusion.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve performance range from $13 – $65 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.  The concert is presented by Kettering Health Network.