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DAYTON OH (May 15, 2011) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Neal Gittleman will present a free Memorial Day weekend concert on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 7 p.m. as the featured performance of the Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park.

Highlights of the DPO’s program will include Robert Rodriguez’s We The People: The Story of the American Constitution and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.  Other selections will include the Robert Wendel’s Fanfare for Freedom, a Salute to Veterans of all branches of the armed forces, and Tchaikovsky’s immortal 1812 Overture, complete with cannon shots!   In addition, Dayton’s own Wright B Flyer will make a fly-over appearance during the playing of the National Anthem, which will also feature guest vocalist Zandra Arnold.  

Other events of the Dayton Heritage Festival include:

•All 30 historic buildings and structures open with demos & hands-on activities from 11:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m.

Kids Zone –inflatables, crafts, face painting activities from 11:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m.

•Time Warner Cable’s CaMM Passport Program activities from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

•Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society small-scale trains operating from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ($1.00 fee)

•The Clodbusters (vintage base ball team) demonstrations all day

•Americana-style food and beverage for sale from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Live entertainment all day:

•   Classic Jazz Stompers from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•   The Day Tones – a strolling barber shop quartet from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•   Special performance by the Carillon Park Concert Band from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

•   Feature performance by the DPO at 7:00 p.m.

•   Deeds Carillon’s spectacular illuminations and fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

No carried-in food or beverage permitted.

Carillon Park will open at 11 a.m. on May 29 and admission to the Dayton Heritage Festival is FREE.  There is a charge of $5 per car for parking.

Raindate for the Dayton Heritage Festival and the DPO performance is Monday, May 30.  

Sponsored by TimeWarner Cable

Major Sponsor: WinWholesale.     

Supporting Sponsors: Liberty Savings Bank, Steve R. Rauch, Inc., and Active Electric, Inc.

Associate Sponsors: Vectren and DP&L

Patron Sponsors: Dayton Children’s Hospital, MWV, and Meijer

 Media sponsorship of the DPO: Dayton Public Radio Classical 88.1