Bach’s Lunch

The Loft Theatre

10:00 am Friday, December 13, 2019

12:00 pm Friday, December 13, 2019

The Carillon Brass is thrilled once again to present a favorite Dayton holiday concert affectionately entitled Bach’s Lunch. All five members of the Carillon Brass are members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. This popular holiday tradition is sponsored by the Richard A. and Mary T. Whitney Fund.

The program will feature traditional holiday favorites as well as other music for brass instruments, presented in a lighthearted, audience-friendly format. Members of the Carillon Brass are Charles Pagnard, DPO Principal Trumpet; Alan Siebert, DPO Second Trumpet; Aaron Brant, DPO Principal French Horn; Chad Arnow, DPO Bass Trombone; and Tim Northcut, DPO Principal Tuba.

All are invited to come early to assure a good seat as the venue quickly becomes standing room only for each performance. Complimentary coffee from Boston Stoker will be available beginning at 9 a.m. when the doors open. Additionally, supporting the DPO and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance as he has for many years, David Boston will once again have his traditional turkey and cheddar croissant “Bach’s lunches”  available for purchase (cash only).

Come listen to some fun, festive music and share in the joy of the holiday season with DPO’s Carillon Brass.


This is a 15+ year tradition Lee started in honor of his parents, Richard A. and Mary T. Whitney.  They loved music and the holiday season, just like Lee and Betsy, and Lee thought a great way to honor them would be to sponsor a free Christmas-time concert for the community.  He approached Charlie Pagnard about this, our Principal Trumpet and leader of the Carillon Brass, knowing that the sound of brass instruments is a perfect fit for Christmas music. He also brought in David Boston of the old Boston’s Restaurant in Dayton to provide the lunch part of “Bach’s Lunch,” and David has done it every year since the beginning. That’s how it all got started. A few years ago we also began broadcasting the 12 noon concert live on Discover Classical, so WDPR has become a partner as well. We’re also very grateful to The Human Race Theatre Company for graciously hosting the event in their space, the Loft Theatre.

The holidays are the season of giving, and we don’t know of any couple that has ever better exemplified the spirit of giving, the spirit of philanthropy, the spirit of giving of yourself to leave your community better than when they found it, than Betsy & Lee Whitney.