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DPAA Kicks Off Signature Season with Courthouse Square Performances


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

DAYTON, OH (August 25, 2013) - Don’t have lunch at your desk; the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will be serving up entertainment for brown-baggers and noontime outdoor seekers with DPAA on the Square, Monday, September 16 thru Thursday, September 19, from Noon to 1 p.m. at Courthouse Square in Downtown Dayton.

The 4-day noontime event -- in conjunction with Downtown Dayton Partnership and Montgomery County’s “The Square is Where” -- leads up to the DPAA’s opening weekend of its 2013-14 Signature Season with the Season Opening Spectacular on Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 22 at 3 p.m. at the Schuster Center. Season information and a free full-color calendar listing all DPAA performances will be available.

DPAA on the Square will feature performances from the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic.  Ever played a violin? Visit the Instrument Petting Zoo and test your skill. Courthouse Square will also have food trucks, vendors, games and plenty of outdoor seating.

Here’s the line-up of free entertainment:

Monday, September 16 – Carillon Brass
The Carillon Brass consists of Charles Pagnard, trumpet; Alan Siebert, trumpet; Aaron Brant, horn; Timothy Anderson, trombone and Timothy Northcutt, tuba. All five are members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tuesday, September 17 – Violin Duets

DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung and Associate Concertmaster Violinist Aurelian Oprea will perform Duo Concertante for Two Violins in D major by Charles de Beriot and Sonata for Two Violins in C major by Sergei Prokofiev.

Wednesday, September 18 – Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Quartet
Puerto Rican soprano Zulimar López-Hernández and Florida-based tenor Matt Morgan sing a selection of arias and musical theatre pieces. They will be featured in DPAA’s Season Opening Spectacular along with the Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic – in a salute to Leonard Bernstein. Founded in 1937, the DPYO brings together the greater Dayton area's most gifted young orchestral musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The quartet members are Donovan Christman, violin; Grant Wareham, violin; Francis Ballester, viola; Paul Schubert, cello.

Thursday, September 19 – Dayton Ballet & Dayton Opera
Members of Dayton Ballet will perform selections from their repertoire. Greek-American mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas and International Bass-baritone Mark Schnaible will perform a selection of arias and musical theatre pieces. They will be featured in DPAA’s Season Opening Spectacular along with the Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic.

In 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 -- Anton Dvorák, Arrigo Boito, Leonard Bernstein and DPAA Artist-in-Residence Stella Sung – with two performances containing full orchestra, operatic singing and dance at the Schuster Center.

Tickets are on sale now for all performances of the DPAA 2013-2014 Signature Season 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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