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Dayton, Ohio (May 11, 2008) – On Sunday, May 24 at 5 pm at Carillon Park, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present a good, old-fashioned Memorial Day weekend celebration concert. This is the DPO’s fifth annual free Carillon Park concert.

The program opens with The Star-Spangled Banner (Smith-Custer), followed by Liberty Fanfare (Williams), Americana (Harris), Lyric for Strings (Walker), Lincoln Portrait (Copland), The Sound of Music Medley (Rodgers-Bennett), Symphony #5, 4th movement (Beethoven), Armed Forces Salute (Lowden, arranged by Gittleman), and 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky) .

New this year is that this free concert is part of Carillon Park’s annual Dayton Heritage Festival. So for good seating it is best to get there early! While there, guests are encouraged to visit the Park’s 25 historical buildings and interact with the exhibits. It’s a great way to learn about the area’s history and heritage, and – for Sunday, May 24 ONLY – admission to the buildings is FREE (a $2 parking fee applies). Gates open at 11 am.

The Dayton Heritage Festival will be a Memorial Day weekend to remember, with an old-fashioned patriotic celebration! Come early to enjoy the park’s exhibit buildings, special activities, and local artisan booths before grabbing a seat on the Town Greene for special entertainment by some of Dayton’s finest local performers! The park encourages guests to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for the DPO concert and special performances by Rhythm in Shoes and Shoes2 at 4pm and the Eric Jerardi Band at 8 pm.

Other park activities include:
Special demonstrations and hands-on activities in the Park’s historical buildings
Old-fashioned midway carnival games, make-and-take crafts for kids (fee applies)
Local artisan and craft vendors
Live Dixieland jazz from the Classic Jazz Stompers and strolling barbershop quartets
Train rides (fee applies)
Americana-style food and beverage for sale (No carried-in food and beverages, please)
For more information call 937-293-2841

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