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Halloween Season Has Begun as Dayton Philharmonic Invites all Ghosts and Goblins in Town to PhilharMonster, its Legendary Halloween Concert


Angela Whitehead
Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

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DAYTON, OH (September 26, 2014) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off Dayton’s Halloween Season, and the DPO 2014–2015 DP&L Foundation Family Series, by presenting its legendary PhilharMonster Halloween Concert, this year almost a full three weeks before Halloween.  On Sunday, October 12 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present PhilharMonster, a program featuring a wide range of music specially selected for kids from ages 3 to 93.  PhilharMonster celebrates the change of seasons by extending the celebration of Halloween and reveling in the wonders of autumn.

The afternoon of festivities begins for kids of all ages at 2 p.m. in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Enjoy crafts, an instrument petting zoo, and the DPO's annual costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for cutest, scariest, and most creative costumes in age categories of 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!  

At 3 p.m., the PhilharMonster concert begins in its not-so-usual usual fashion with DPO Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman continuing his tradition of onstage Halloween hijinks when he shows up as…sorry, we can't say. We would ruin the spooky surprise.  What we can tell you is that Neal and the audience members will be visited by a special surprise ghost from the Victoria Theatre who will appear throughout the afternoon to haunt the hall with havoc and hysteria. 

Neal will lead a costumed Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra through a program that begins with Mozart’s instantly-recognizable and beloved The Marriage of Figaro Overture. Then things turn a little darker as the orchestra performs the eerie Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns.  The program once again returns to music everyone knows within the first four notes of the strings section as the audience is treated to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.  Then Maestro Gittleman introduces the fourth movement of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, the cornerstone piece of the upcoming DPO Classical Concert in early November. Fans of Disney’s Fantasia 2000 will enjoy Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, complete with narration by DPAA President and CEO Paul Helfrich.  Finally, those who love Jim Henson will recognize music from a medley of moments with the Muppets.  The fun continues throughout the afternoon as the orchestra's musicians stage their own costume contest, and hilarity ensues on-stage as the DPO puts everyone in the mood for Halloween.

Tickets for PhilharMonster are $22 for adults and $12 for students and children and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit 


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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