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DPO to Present Free Classical Concert Stories & Dreams to Area Educators in Appreciation for Their Work 


CONTACT: Angela Whitehead
Interim Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
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DAYTON, OH (February 20, 2014) – On Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Premier Health Classical Series Concert Stories & Dreams with guest narrator Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.

As a way to show immense gratitude and appreciation to area educators, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance would like to invite current teachers, librarians, and home school parents in the Dayton region to attend either performance of Stories & Dreams as guests of the DPAA.  This invitation is valid for active educators for pre-school through high school, two tickets per household, on a first-come/first-served basis as long as seats are available, with a limit of two tickets per educator household.  To sign up for up to two complimentary tickets, educators are asked to go to to complete an application form.  Application forms should be submitted by 6:00 pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in order to ensure seating and to allow time for tickets to be placed into Will Call.  A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided on each completed application form.

“The DPAA is privileged to witness the hard work of a wide range of teachers in our area,” explained Gloria Pugh, Director of Education for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. “We see it every day when we are in schools and civic venues, working with many teachers and volunteers to bring the wonders of music to area students.”

The DPO opens the Stories & Dreams concert with the Overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s three-act opera Der Freischütz, the first important German Romantic opera. Then Nancy Cartwright narrates Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s musical telling of author Norton Juster’s The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, your typical line-loves-dot, line-loses-dot, line-gets-dot-back story. The DPO concludes the concert with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Daydreams, the four movements of which are entitled Dreams of a Winter Journey; Land of Desolation, Land of Mists; Scherzo; and Finale.

On both concert evenings at 7 p.m. in the Mead Theatre, DPO Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds, together with Nancy Cartwright, will conduct a Take Note pre-concert discussion. Take Note is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

The DPAA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following organizations and individuals underwriting our 2013-2014 Education Programs for the Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Ballet, which serve over 60,000 students in the Miami Valley region:


Anonymous Foundation; Bob Ross Auto Group; The Berry Family Foundation; Community Foundation for Kettering; Dayton Children’s Hospital; Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association; Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation; Fath Properties; Charles E. Hoffman Fund of The Dayton Foundation; Charles E. Hoffman Music Fund of The Dayton Foundation; J. Edward & Jennie B. Hoffman Fund of The Dayton Foundation; Iddings Foundation; Martha Holden Jennings Foundation; Mathile Family Foundation; Miami County Foundation; The Miami Valley School; Ohio Arts Council; The Opera Guild of Dayton; The Frank M. Tait Foundation; Tipp City Area Community Foundations; Tridec Technologies, LLC; The Troy Foundation; University of Dayton; Vectren; Nick and Edna Weller Charities, Inc.


Anonymous; Charles D. Berry; Dr. Ingrid Brown and Dr. Troy Tyner; Robert and Leta Fairbank; Laura and Al Fike; Catherine and Stephen Hone; Steve and Lou Mason; Jenell Ross; James and Tami Whalen

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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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