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Dayton Opera Offers Nostalgic Mother's Day Tribute to "God Bless America" Iconic Singer Kate Smith

DAYTON OH (April 15, 2013) – Dayton Opera has an extraordinary suggestion to honor Moms and Grandmothers on their special day. On Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Dayton Opera will present Dayton Opera’s Star Gala featuring Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in We’ll Meet Again – The Songs of Kate Smith. 

This Mother’s Day event allows you to include brunch options at Crowne Plaza’s rooftop View 162 Restaurant and Lounge and Citilites Restaurant, plus a chance to win Mother’s Day table bouquets from Furst Florist and Greenhouses or gift baskets from Esther Price Candies.

Born in our nation’s capital, Kate Smith’s career in local theatre, nightclubs, radio broadcasts and on Broadway led to a career in films. In 1943 she sang God Bless America in the Irving Berlin picture This is the Army. And a legend was born.

Kate Smith started a career in records in 1926 recording such songs as River, Stay 'Way From My Door, The White Cliffs of Dover, I Don't Want to Walk Without You, There Goes That Song Again, and Seems Like Old Times. She co-wrote the lyrics for When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain, which became her theme song. Her version of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America became iconic. It preceded a 20+-year career in both radio and TV. You can see her TV performance of the classic on

In the Dayton Opera’s Star Gala We’ll Meet Again – The Songs of Kate Smith, Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe helps us all celebrate Mother’s Day as she pays a personal tribute to the songs made famous by Kate Smith that helped our country through the Great Depression and World War II.

Stephanie Blythe’s sumptuous mezzo-soprano has captivated audiences at the Met and the world’s greatest opera houses. She will perform Kate Smith favorites and, although she makes no effort at impersonation, The New York Times wrote of her, “Ms. Blythe was in some ways an even better Kate Smith than Kate Smith.” The Huffington Post said of her February 2013 Lincoln Center concert, “Her tribute to Kate…is an unqualified triumph – with an emphasis on the oomph.”

Stephanie Blythe’s accompanist on piano is Craig Terry, who is enjoying an international career performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Terry is in his seventh season as Assistant Conductor at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Why not include a Mother’s Day brunch in your plans? The Crowne Plaza has two brunch seatings – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – in their View 162 Restaurant and Lounge. Prices are $15 for children 5 and up, $25 for seniors and military and $30 for adults. For reservations, call (937) 224-0800 and receive 10% off with your Star Gala ticket. Citilites, located in the Schuster Center, offers a pre fixe menu for $20; $25 with choice of a Mimosa or Bloody Mary. For reservations, call (937) 222-0623 

The Leadership Sponsor for Dayton Opera’s Star Gala is Gosiger, Inc.; Performance Sponsor is Brady Ware; Entrepreneurship Circle Sponsor is Kettering Health Network; and Furst Florist & Greenhouses is the Official Florist of this event.

Tickets to the Dayton Opera Star Gala are $36 to $92 and are on sale now by visiting or calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630. 


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


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