2022–2023 Season: Fall In Love With the Arts!

From enchanting ballets and captivating operas to symphonic soundscapes, the 2022–2023 season is filled with performances you don’t want to miss! Explore all the performances the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic have to offer next season below!



Ballet Series

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Friday, October 28, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 2:30 pm

October is the perfect setting for Dayton Ballet’s brand-new production of The Legend ofSleepy Hollow. The haunting story of the Headless Horseman comes to life with all the same characters of this familiar tale. Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and the full ensemble of Dayton Ballet take the stage to bring to life Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke’s fresh approach to the timeless classic. Composer Austin Jaquith provides a brand-new original score, performed live by musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, to deliver the musical backdrop to this eerie legend that has been passed down through generations since the 1800s.  

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 9, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 2:30 pm
Friday, December 16, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 2:30 pm

Dayton Ballet returns to the Schuster Center this holiday season for Dayton’s most beloved holiday tradition of The Nutcracker. Join Clara, accompanied by her gallant Nutcracker Prince, on a dreamy trip to the Land of Sweets, where she meets Mother Ginger, the Marzipan Shepherdesses, Ribbon Candy, the Dew Drops, and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dashing Cavalier, as well as many other dazzling characters along the way. Dayton Philharmonic joins to perform Tchaikovsky’s sparkling score for a holiday event to enjoy with family and friends!

85th Diamond Anniversary

Friday, February 10, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 2:30 pm

Dayton Ballet welcomes its 85th season and celebrates the 95th year of the Dayton Ballet School with a sparkling affair that preserves Dayton Ballet’s tradition of presenting mixed repertory performances and spotlighting acclaimed choreographers from across the country and around the world. In this Diamond Anniversary event, Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke honors the fortitude and perseverance of Dayton Ballet founders Miss Josephine Schwarz and her sister Miss Hermene, who started one of the oldest ballet companies in the country. This exciting repertory program includes a brilliant collection of beautiful ballets that showcase the physicality and virtuosity of the full company of dancers who call Dayton Ballet their home.

Peter Pan

Friday, April 21, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 2:30 pm

The timeless story of Peter Pan extols the virtues of eternal youth and of keeping our childlike wonder. Choreographer Septime Webre tells this beloved tale through the magic of dance, filled with notable moments set to thrill audience members of any age. Peter and Wendy take flight right before our eyes in the Schuster Center, joined by a cast of cherished characters: the swashbuckling Pirates, the wandering Lost Boys, the menacing Captain Hook, and his toothy cohort the Crocodile, and of course, the sparkling and spritely Tinkerbell! With fun-filled choreography, rich with humor, and including witty nods to classic ballets, and enchanting music by Carmen DeLeone, Dayton Ballet’s trip to Neverland will surely keep us all young at heart!

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Opera Series

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Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

Friday, October 7, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 2:30 pm

While the body of tormented bebop saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker lies unidentified in a New York City morgue, his ghost travels back to the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, where he struggles to complete his final masterpiece. Fusing classical and jazz styles into an intriguing mix, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird is a powerful expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the jazz genius.


Hometown Holiday Featuring Amahl and the Night Visitors

Friday, December 2, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Amahl and the Night Visitors brings to life the story of three mysterious kings who are following a star to bring gifts to a wondrous child. They stop to rest at the home of Amahl, a shepherd boy who lives in poverty with his mother, and when Amahl offers his own simple gift to the child, a miracle happens. Since its first performance on Christmas Eve 1951, this holiday classic has been performed on every continent in many languages and has been seen by more people than any other opera in history. A heartwarming story of kindness and generosity, it is the perfect first opera–or hundredth!


Maria Callas: A Centennial Celebration

Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Dayton Opera celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Callas with a concert of some of the diva’s most famous arias. Considered by many to be the greatest opera singer of all time, Callas could sing the entire soprano range, from mezzo-soprano to high coloratura soprano. Brilliant, beautiful, and unequaled, “La Divina” — the divine one, as she was called, performed widely varying roles with unparalleled dramatic expression and authenticity.  The program, reflecting this versatility in musicianship, artistry, and repertoire will be sung by four of opera’s rising young stars, as they pay homage to the renowned prima donna.


Das Rheingold

Friday, April 14, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 2:30 pm

Based on Nordic and Germanic myths, Das Rheingold (The Gold from the Rhine) is the “preliminary evening” to Wagner’s epic masterwork, The Ring Cycle. The story begins when the dwarf Alberich renounces love and steals the magical gold guarded by three Rhine nymphs. From this gold, he has a ring forged which will give him dominion over the world. Wotan, the ruler of the gods, lusts after the ring and breaks his own laws to obtain it. Alberich puts a curse on the ring which sets into motion the rest of the saga. This groundbreaking “total work of art” fully integrates music, poetry, drama, costume, and set design in a sweeping, intense marathon of sight and sound. This will be the first production of Das Rheingold in the history of Dayton Opera.

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Masterworks Series

Masterworks 6

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Masterworks 8 (Includes Das Rheingold and a Wild Card)

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Pines of Rome and Brandon Patrick George

Friday, September 16, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Program

Steve Winteregg & Sierra Leone Expressions
Rouse Flute Concerto
Respighi The Pines of Rome

About the Concert

The “Eternal City” could find no more fitting tribute than Respighi’s vibrant Pines of Rome, transporting you to famous pine stands around the Italian capital … a Renaissance family’s splendid estate, near a catacomb suggested by a mournful chant, the moonlit beauty of the Janiculum hill with the haunting song of a nightingale, and, along the Appian Way, triumphant trumpets and the thunder of marching armies. Brandon Patrick George, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra alum—and hottest young flutist around—connects you to the Celtic inspiration of Christopher Rouse’s Concerto. The season opens with the DPO and Chorus giving the world premiere of beautiful work by Daytonians Sierra Leone and Steve Winteregg inspired by the legacy of Miriam Rosenthal.


Far Away Places: Scheherazade

Friday, October 21, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Program

Debussy Nocturnes (Clouds & Festivals)
Reena Esmail Meri Sakhi Ki Avaaz (My Sister’s Voice)
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

About the Concert

In the One Thousand and One Nights, the Sultana Scheherazade nightly diverts her husband with cliff-hanger tales of the sea, shipwrecks, princes, and princesses to save her life—definitely pre-#MeToo! Rimsky-Korsakov’s alluring showpiece whisks you off to that exotic world with music that’s languid and sensuous, shimmering and romantic, stormy and terrifying! Debussy’s Nocturnes depicts clouds floating across the skies and boisterous village festivals punctuated by trumpets and drums. Reena Esmail’s musical roots let her look West and East as her composition about sisterhood soars to ecstatic heights, blending Hindustani and Western classical musical traditions.


Symphonie fantastique and Vadim Gluzman

Friday, November 18, 202, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Program

Verdi La Forza del destino Overture
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

About the Concert

Berlioz’s passion-propelled Symphonie fantastique—dazzling with fiery orchestral colors and effects—follows the love-sick hero’s drug-induced visions to a glittering ball, a scaffold, and a demonic Witches’ Sabbath with the Dies irae pounding out a hair-raising theme amid the orgiastic tumult. Emotions also run high in Shostakovich’s Concerto, whose sonorities range from quiet contemplation to the most spectacular cadenza you’re ever likely to witness, to a frenzied finale, guaranteed to leave you profoundly moved. Antoine Clark (“led from the podium with balletic poise.” ~ Chicago Tribune), a rising star among young American conductors, makes his Dayton debut.


Tchaikovksy’s Polish Symphony

Friday, February 24, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Program

Bacewicz Overture
Paderewski Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 17
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3, “Polish”

About the Concert

You’re in for a rare treat—Tchaikovsky’s genial Third Symphony—not performed as often as it deserves to be, with a folk-dance finale that earned it the nickname “Polish.” Another rarely heard gem is the piano concerto by Paderewski (himself a flamboyant performer à la Liszt and president of the then-newly independent Polish Republic), whose playing caused audiences to go just a little crazy. Dayton audience-favorite Janina Fialkowska returns to bring out the poetry, passion, and high-voltage bravura of the piece. Setting the stage for our Polish-themed concert is Grażyna Bacewicz’s blazing Overture.


Perspectives: War and Peace

Friday, March 10, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Program

Lili Boulanger For a Soldier’s Funeral
Michael Schelle Resilience
Vaughan Williams Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 3)

About the Concert

“Subtle, gentle, troubled, reflective, […] movingly modest, considering the violence that begot it. The work’s calm, if calm it is, is hard-won.” That’s how The New York Times describes Vaughan Williams’s response to World War I, following his return home from the front. Lili Boulanger also responds to The Great War in her brief and affecting piece with baritone and our DPO Chorus. A double concerto that features our viola and cello principals, Resilience commemorates the end of World War II, with its final movement an emotional prayer for peace.


Das Rheingold*

Friday, April 14, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 2:30 pm

*This performance is included with a Masterworks 8 Subscription package.

This Wagner opera has it all! The undulating depths of the River Rhine; seductive Rhine maidens saluting the glittering gold they carelessly guard; cunning dwarves and lumbering giants; the Nordic underworld; thunder, lightning, and a glorious clearing of the mists; and the rainbow bridge the gods cross into Valhalla. And, of course, a cursed ring that sets the majestic saga in motion. Bringing the operatic epic to vibrant life—and the star of the show—is our orchestra performing this massive two-hour symphony, as Dayton Opera presents the drama of power and greed onstage.

Beethoven’s Second Symphony

Friday, May 19, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Program

Mozart Missa brevis in C Major, K. 259, “Organ Solo Mass”
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

About the Concert

Saint-Saëns once said of himself: “I produce music as an apple tree produces apples.” The First Cello Concerto is certainly a delicious example and a gorgeous vehicle for the instrument’s sonorous voice, especially as performed by young Sterling Elliott, a winner in the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. Mozart’s brief Mass (really brief!), with a “cameo” appearance by the organ, shows off our magnificent DPO Chorus. Beethoven’s Second concludes this season’s Masterworks series and our Beethoven symphony cycle. Responding to his near-suicidal anguish over growing deaf, the composer wrote to a friend: “I will seize Fate by the throat. It will not wholly conquer me!” This Symphony is the jubilant proof of his will to live.

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SuperPops Series

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Havana Nights

Friday, September 30, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 7:30 pm

The sizzling Latino beat entices people to at once embrace and defy tradition, to loosen up and get a little crazy. Singer Camille Zamora joins the Mambo Kings for a fusion of classical Spanish with Afro-Cuban rhythms that will whisk you out of your seat to steamy Havana.


Hometown Holiday Featuring Amahl and the Night Visitors

Friday, December 2, 2022, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Amahl and the Night Visitors brings to life the story of three mysterious kings who are following a star to bring gifts to a wondrous child. They stop to rest at the home of Amahl, a shepherd boy who lives in poverty with his mother, and when Amahl offers his own simple gift to the child, a miracle happens. Since its first performance on Christmas Eve 1951, this holiday classic has been performed on every continent in many languages and has been seen by more people than any other opera in history. A heartwarming story of kindness and generosity, it is the perfect first opera–or hundredth!


An Evening of Sondheim

Friday, January 20, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 7:30 pm

The Dayton Philharmonic, in collaboration with Joe Deer and the next generation of Broadway stars from the acclaimed Musical Theatre program at Wright State University, salutes Stephen Sondheim, one of the most influential musical theatre creators of our time. Known for musicals that faced the contemporary world head-on, with lyrics filled with wit and complexity, Sondheim was the creative genius behind such favorites as “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Into the Woods,” and “Sweeney Todd.” Join us as we pay homage to one of Broadway’s greats.


Swing is the Thing

Friday, March 31, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1, 2023, at 7:30 pm

The 1940s and the 1950s were the decades of dance! “Swing Is the Thing” features four world champion swing dancers and two fabulous vocalists. From Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller to Bill Haley and the Comets and Jerry Lee Lewis, the Dayton Philhar highlights the biggest dance hits from the decades of dance that we all know and love.


Peter Pan

Friday, April 21, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 2:30 pm

The timeless story of Peter Pan extols the virtues of eternal youth and of keeping our childlike wonder. Choreographer Septime Webre tells this beloved tale through the magic of dance, filled with notable moments set to thrill audience members of any age. Peter and Wendy take flight right before our eyes in the Schuster Center, joined by a cast of cherished characters: the swashbuckling Pirates, the wandering Lost Boys, the menacing Captain Hook, and his toothy cohort the Crocodile, and of course, the sparkling and spritely Tinkerbell! With fun-filled choreography, rich with humor, and including witty nods to classic ballets, and enchanting music by Carmen DeLeone, Dayton Ballet’s trip to Neverland will surely keep us all young at heart!

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Rockin’ Orchestra Series

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Landslide–A Tribute to the Music of Fleetwood Mac

Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Since they first took the stage together in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has enchanted listeners and gathered devoted fans around the world. Founding members John McVie and Mick Fleetwood were later joined by Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks, becoming the most durable and successful iteration of the band. Their 1977 Rumours album is the eighth best-selling album of all time, with sales exceeding 40 million copies. Rumours planted itself at the top of the pop charts for over 31 weeks and had four top-ten singles. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra takes the stage in the world-class Schuster Center to pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac!


Windborne’s The Music of Pink Floyd

Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s fabulous vocals, guest conductor Brent Havens and the Dayton Philharmonic capture Pink Floyd’s ethereal flow of music and effects while churning out new musical colors.


Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s

Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Step inside the Schuster Center and into our musical time warp and be transported back to a time when hair was big, leg warmers were the accessories of choice, and parachute pants ruled. Celebrate a decade of iconic pop culture in a whole new way with the electricity of a full orchestra behind the charting topping hits of the 1980s!


The Paul Simon Songbook

Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 7:30 pm

An evening of music from the legendary Paul Simon explores his unique artistry as a songwriter from his years with Simon and Garfunkel through his solo albums Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints. Songs include Bridge Over Troubled Water, Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard, The Sound of Silence, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Graceland, and Rhythm of the Saints. All arrangements are fully orchestrated by Jeff Tyzik.

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Family Series

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PhilharMonster

Sunday, October 23, 2023, at 3 pm

Autumn wouldn’t be complete without a family trip downtown for PhilharMonster. Gasps, giggles, and costumes abound this afternoon when everyone prepares for the hauntingly hilarious Halloween season. Before the concert, the DPO will provide activities and treats in the Wintergarden.  Don’t miss this favorite Dayton annual event!


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 2:30 pm

October is the perfect setting for Dayton Ballet’s brand-new production of The Legend ofSleepy Hollow. The haunting story of the Headless Horseman comes to life with all the same characters of this familiar tale. Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and the full ensemble of Dayton Ballet take the stage to bring to life Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke’s fresh approach to the timeless classic. Composer Austin Jaquith provides a brand-new original score, performed live by musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, to deliver the musical backdrop to this eerie legend that has been passed down through generations since the 1800s. 


The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 2:30 pm

Dayton Ballet returns to the Schuster Center this holiday season for Dayton’s most beloved holiday tradition of The Nutcracker. Join Clara, accompanied by her gallant Nutcracker Prince, on a dreamy trip to the Land of Sweets, where she meets Mother Ginger, the Marzipan Shepherdesses, Ribbon Candy, the Dew Drops, and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dashing Cavalier, as well as many other dazzling characters along the way. Dayton Philharmonic joins to perform Tchaikovsky’s sparkling score for a holiday event to enjoy with family and friends!


The Mysterious Maestro with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 2:30 pm

The Mysterious Maestro is a concert story about a little girl named Hannah who loves to sing but who has moved to the town of Hamelin where music is forbidden! She arrives in Hamelin thirty years after the infamous Pied Piper has led all of Hamelin’s children away. Hannah breaks the musical silence with the help of a gossipy rat and her own passion for grand music. Eventually, she melts the heart of a desperate conductor and frees his imprisoned orchestra. Fueled by the music of composers like Verdi, Mendelssohn, Liszt, performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, The Mysterious Maestro races through dark nights and hidden caverns and explores the nature of musical perfection and a passion that restores the beauty of music in Hamelin for all to enjoy!


Peter Pan

Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 2:30 pm

The timeless story of Peter Pan extols the virtues of eternal youth and of keeping our childlike wonder. Choreographer Septime Webre tells this beloved tale through the magic of dance, filled with notable moments set to thrill audience members of any age. Peter and Wendy take flight right before our eyes in the Schuster Center, joined by a cast of cherished characters: the swashbuckling Pirates, the wandering Lost Boys, the menacing Captain Hook, and his toothy cohort the Crocodile, and of course, the sparkling and spritely Tinkerbell! With fun-filled choreography, rich with humor, and including witty nods to classic ballets, and enchanting music by Carmen DeLeone, Dayton Ballet’s trip to Neverland will surely keep us all young at heart!

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Special Events

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Handel’s Messiah

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Although Handel’s Messiah speaks directly to the gospel message of the passion and resurrection celebrated at Easter, this angelic piece has become a holiday tradition at Christmastime as well. With no distinguishable characters, the drama relies entirely on the communication of the story of Christ in words, as well as in the powerful, emotionally stirring, and at times heartbreakingly beautiful music of a composer for whom the oratorio proved a personal salvation. Join the Dayton Philharmonic in December for this glorious choral masterpiece.


New Year’s Eve: Voyage à Paris

December 31, 2022, at 7:30 pm

The DPAA’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be a feast for the senses, filled with traditions and festivities that patrons have come to love and anticipate. The performance itself will feature all three facets of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance—exquisite Dayton Ballet dancers, sensational Dayton Opera singers, and the talented musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. A complimentary flute of champagne at intermission and a colorful climactic balloon drop add to the excitement, making this evening in the Mead Theatre the essential place to be on New Year’s Eve in Dayton.

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Create Your Own Series

Want to experience a little bit of everything Dayton Performing Arts Alliance has to offer across multiple series? Then the Create Your Own (CYO) subscription is for you! Choose four or more performances to make a custom subscription. Not only do you get maximum flexibility, but you also get access to exclusive subscriber benefits.

CYO subscriptions start at $77.

CYO Subscriber Benefits

  • Savings over single-ticket prices
  • Easily exchange your ticket from one performance to another within the same season
  • 10% discount on additional tickets purchased throughout the season, including Special Events
  • Mix and match four or more performances
  • Choose any series, date, section
  • Enjoy a custom subscription that’s perfect for you! 
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Pick Later FlexPass

Not sure what performances you want to see at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance? Or do you want to subscribe but are still waiting to hear back from friends and family about what shows you’d like to see together? Then the Pick Later FlexPass is for you! 

Choose the number of unique performances (4, 6, or 8) you’d like to see, and then redeem your vouchers for your selected performances when single tickets go on sale on July 12, 2022.* 

Pick Later 4Pick Later 6Pick Later 8
Starting at $96Starting at $138Starting at $176

*Patrons need to purchase one Pick Later FlexPass for each person in their party. Tickets must be used for four, six, or eight unique performances.

Pick Later FlexPass Subscriber Benefits

  • Flexibility of selecting best-available seats when single tickets go on sale on Tuesday, July 12, 2022
  • Savings over single-ticket prices
  • Easily exchange your ticket from one performance to another within the same season
  • 10% discount on additional tickets throughout the season, including Special Events
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