Dayton Philharmonic Family Series – 2018-2019

Series Sponsor: DP&L Foundation

The DPAA understands that an appreciation of the arts starts at an early age and lasts a lifetime. As an organization, we remain committed to offering programs to allow parents, grandparents, and caretakers to share the performing arts with children through programs that encourage and deepen that appreciation.

The DP&L Family Series is the most public of the DPAA's many strategies to bring 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.

Neal Gittleman | Artistic Director and Conductor | Dayton Philharmonic



Neal Gittleman

Neal Gittleman has been on the Dayton Philharmonic podium since September 1995. He continues to broaden the Orchestra's repertoire with more 20th century compositions and additional variety in programming. He has introduced a number of world, American, and Dayton Philharmonic premieres and has expanded performance collaboration within the Dayton arts community. In 2010, the Orchestra started a new in-house label, DPO Alive. There are now three releases which are sold as online downloads and physical CDs in the concert hall. With Maestro Gittleman at the helm, the Orchestra continues to enjoy renewed community support and increased artistic vision.