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DPAA Opens Second Season with Signature Event Celebrating Its Three Classic Art Forms

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON OH (August 7, 2013) - On Saturday, September 21, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will open its 2013-2014 Signature Season with the first of three Signature Events, the Season Opening Spectacular. The Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic come together under the artistic leadership of conductor Neal Gittleman, choreographer Karen Russo Burke, and producing director Thomas Bankston to feature the works of four very different composers in distinctly different formats.

Celebratory in spirit with musical bursts reminiscent of Carmen, Anton Dvorák’s Carnival Overture begins the festivities. Using Goethe's Faust as a jumping-off point, Italian librettist/composer Arrigo Boito set out to shake up the Italian composing community with a work that would establish a uniquely grand style both musically and dramatically. Bass-baritone Mark Schnaible, in the role of Mefistofele, joins the Philharmonic, Ballet, the Dayton Opera and Philharmonic choruses, and the Kettering Children’s Choir for a performance of the monumental Prologue to Mefistofele, sung in Italian with English surtitles. And that’s just Act One!

Act Two highlights the beloved and extensive works of American composer Leonard Bernstein. This wide-ranging program features three selections from his opera/musical theater work Candide, "What a Movie" from the opera Trouble in Tahiti and a suite of well-known songs from West Side Story—featuring Dayton Ballet dancers and returning favorite Dayton Opera vocalists soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernadez (Susanna in last season’s The Marriage of Figaro), mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas and tenor Matt Morgan. The full company of orchestra, ballet, soloists and choruses will then come together for a DPAA “Signature” Finale with Bernstein’s heart-warming “Make Our Garden Grow”.

As a bonus, the Spectacular will kick-off with an opportunity for the audience to preview the work of DPAA’s 3-year Music Alive Artist-In-Resident and composer Stella Sung. Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Philharmonic will perform her celebratory fanfare piece, “Into Light,” commissioned last year for the Orlando Philharmonic.

“Lighting designer John Rensel will help put the ‘spectacular’ in this Season Opening Spectacular with exciting lighting and projection effects,” said Bankston. “This production inaugurates DPAA’s Signature Events which combine all three DPAA classic art forms into collaborative productions it will present annually.”

Two additional Signature Events are already in pre-production for this season: A New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31, 2013, and Verdi’s opera extravaganza Aida on May 2 and 4, 2014, both in the Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre.
One hour prior to both performances, DPAA Artistic Directors Bankston, Russo Burke and Gittleman will offer a pre-performance discussion free to ticket holders in the Mead Theatre. Food-by-the-bite and beverages will be on sale in the Wintergarden.

Principal Sponsor for the Season Opening Spectacular is Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation; Leadership Sponsor is Brady Ware; Associate Sponsor is Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.; and Classical Series Sponsor is Premier Health.

Tickets range from $36 to $94 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior and student discounts available at box office. 


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 proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  

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