The summer is heating up, so here’s something to cool you down: DPAA’s Holiday performances! If you can’t help but dream of twinkling lights and cozy gatherings, consider creating a lifetime of memories with friends and family with DPAA during the most magical time of year. Read more below and plan your Holiday season around DPAA’s merriest performances.

Holiday Pops with Canadian Brass

December 2 | Schuster Center

The world’s most famous brass quintet joins the Philharmonic in this special holiday concert! Renowned for genrebending versatility and joyous performances, Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world; been seen by hundreds of millions on stage and on television; and contributed over 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. 

The Nutcracker

December 8-10 and 15-17 | Schuster Center

Performed with live orchestra, the beloved holiday tradition returns to the Schuster Center. Travel with Clara as her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer sweeps her away to a dreamy Land of Sweets full of mischievous rats, brave soldiers, darling lambs, a Sugar Plum Fairy, life-size confections, and, of course, a dashing Cavalier.

Handel’s Messiah

December 13 | Schuster Center

Escape from the holiday hustle and bustle with the Philharmonic and Chamber Chorus and immerse yourself in one of the most glorious oratorios of all time, Handel’s Messiah. With powerful and, at times, heartbreakingly beautiful music, Messiah and its popular “Hallelujah Chorus” has become a beloved holiday tradition featuring orchestra, chorus, and soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and bass soloists.

The Nutcracker: Sensory-Friendly Performance

December 15 | Schuster Center

This special presentation of The Nutcracker is great for all families, but especially for those with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning, or cognitive atypicality.

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: Winter Concert

December 3 | Schuster Center

Enjoy an afternoon of great music, great performances by the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and, of course, what’s a concert in December without some of your favorite holiday songs!