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DAYTON OH (May 10, 2010) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2009-2010 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series concludes with an all-British program titled Great Britons! Boyce, Elgar, and Walton, on Friday and Saturday, May 21 & 22, 2010, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   

These programs of music from “the Fairest Isle” will be highlighted by a performance of Sir William Walton’s epic oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast, with baritone soloist Charles Robert Austin and the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus under the direction of Hank Dahlman.  

Belshazzar’s Feast tells the dramatic story of the Israelites’ captivity in Babylon and their eventual freedom, after the wicked king Belshazzar sees “the writing on the wall. “  Also on the program: William Boyce’s early classical Symphony No. 1 and the concert overture In the South by Sir Edward Elgar.  

Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the Dayton Philharmonic will conduct, closing his fifteenth season with the orchestra.  

Tickets for the concerts of May 21 & 22 range from $12 – $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.  

A free “Take Note” pre-concert discussion will be offered in the Mead Theater beginning at 7 p.m. both nights.  

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals.