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Trick-Or-Treat Comes Early with Dayton Philharmonic's Annual PhilharMonster Family Concert

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

DAYTON, OH (September 24, 2013) –The DPO kicks off the 2013–2014 DP&L Foundation Family Series by presenting its legendary PhilharMonster Halloween Concert sponsored by The Miami Valley School a full week and a half before Halloween and initiating its first-ever Autumn Festival! The PhilharMonster program celebrates the change of seasons by extending the celebration of Halloween and reveling in the wonders of autumn.

Music Director Neal Gittleman will continue his tradition of onstage Halloween hilarity when he shows up as…sorry, we can't say. It's a surprise.  Neal will lead a costumed Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra through a program that includes DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung performing Autumn from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance President and CEO Paul Helfrich will read the chapter entitled A Colorful Symphony from the beloved children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth by renowned author Norton Juster (if you’re a parent, you’ll know who that is), accompanied by the DPO performing Robert Rodriguez's A Colorful Symphony. There will even be a light show designed by the Schuster Center's Steve Williams, and the fun continues when the Orchestra's musicians stage their own costume contest.

Activities for kids of all ages begin at 1:45 p.m. in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Enjoy crafts, an instrument petting zoo and performances by The Miami Valley School Jazz Band and Many Voices Serenading, the 4th and 5th grade choir from The Miami Valley School. The DPO’s annual costume contest begins at 2:15 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for cutest, scariest and most creative costumes in ages 3 to 5, 6 to 9, and 10 and up. The costume contest is a great opportunity to let your kids test-drive their Halloween costumes early!

Tickets range from $12 to $19 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at


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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