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Spooky, Magical, and Melodic Performances Abound in the Mostly Ghostly Festival of Concerts presented by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance this October and November

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (September 30, 2014) – Throughout October and November 2014, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance celebrates all things spooky, magical, and otherworldly with a concert festival entitled Mostly Ghostly, offering something for everyone with a delightful blend of classical, ballet, opera, and rock ‘n roll.  The DPAA Mostly Ghostly Festival kicks off with the legendary Dayton Philharmonic Family Concert, PhilharMonster, on Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the Schuster Center and continues through 13 Lucky performances, climaxing with Dayton Opera’s presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in November.  Throughout the festival, spooky surprises, charismatic characters, and ghoulish ghost sightings will occur before, during, and after performances in the Schuster Center and the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton.  

Concertgoers are invited to join the DPAA for one or all of the following concerts that comprise Mostly Ghostly’s Lucky 13 performances:

* PhilharMonster – Family Concert – Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. – Schuster Center
This classic family event kicks off the Mostly Ghostly Festival with audience and orchestra in costumes plus a lively program of scary musical favorites. Pre-show activities including a costume contest beginning at 2 p.m. Surprise appearances by friendly ghosts, crazy characters, and our Conductor dressed as…..we can’t say! Music-lovers from ages 3 to 93 are invited to come and enjoy the Dayton Philharmonic with the entire family.  

* Mozart to Mahler – Classical Concert – Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m. – Schuster Center
The spirit of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart inhabits the Mostly Ghostly Festival as guest pianist Spencer Myer performs Mozart’s turbulent Piano Concert No. 20, written just after the composer’s initiation to the Masons. The concert continues with two works from Gustav Mahler:  his captivating Symphony No. 4 and the chilling Das irdische Leben.  Guest soprano Mary Wilson lends her heavenly voice to Mahler’s evocative music.

* Mahler: The Visionary – Classical Connections Concert – Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. – Schuster Center
Gustav Mahler’s beguiling, transcendent Symphony No. 4 is based on his song “Heavenly Life”.  In the unique Connections format of first-half description and explanation and second-half performance, DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman takes the listener into the mind of the composer. Then, audience members are treated to a post-concert Q&A with Neal with a free Graeter’s Ice Cream Social.

* Ghost Stories – Ballet –Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm; Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. – Victoria Theatre
Festivities start early as the Ballet Barre sets the scene in the lobby of the Victoria Theatre for an evening of dance and spooky fun.  Inside the theatre, Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke and Dayton Ballet present five gorgeous ballets, including the haunting Pas de deux from Giselle and two works from choreographer Amy Seiwert – Finding/Almost and, fittingly-named for the season, Chasing Ghosts.  Thursday evening’s performance begins with a free Uno’s Pizza Prelude at 7:00 p.m.

* Transylvania Time Warp: The Music of Rocky Horror – Special Rockin’ Orchestra Concert - Friday, October 31 at 8 p.m. – Schuster Center
First the stage play.  Then the movie.  Now, for the first time anywhere, the rock concert!  Music fans are invited to be present, in full costume if desired, when Jeans ‘n Classics joins the Dayton Philharmonic to perform the music from Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Halloween lovers are invited to spend Halloween night with the DPO for a completely unique concert event of the season.

* Berlioz: Master of Fantasy – Classical Concert – Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. – Schuster Center
Composer Hector Berlioz was the quintessential Romantic.  Here, classical music fans discover his Symphonie fantastique, in which a dreaming opium addict casts his beloved into hell.  In the second piece, Lèlio, the artist wakes up from his nightmare and atones. Tenor David Portillo and baritone Kenneth Stavert, joined by the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus under the leadership of Chorus Director Hank Dahlman, fill the stage with vocal exuberance, bridging the gap between Berlioz’s fantasy and reality.

* The Magic Flute – Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 3 p.m. – Schuster Center
Mysticism and mirth share the stage in this beloved opera. The story is a disarming and comedic portrayal of the trials and rewards of youthful love and companionship, and at the same time a symbolic expression of the central principles of the Age of Enlightenment.  Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston has assembled an incredible cast of extraordinary singing and acting talent to fill the stage with both solemnity and delight in this mythical land between the sun and the moon.  

There truly is something for every performance art lover with the wide variety of concerts included in the Mostly Ghostly Lucky 13 performances, listed in order here:
1) Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. – PhilharMonster
2) Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m. – Mozart to Mahler
3) Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m. – Mozart to Mahler
4) Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. – Mahler: The Visionary
5) Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm – Ghost Stories
6) Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m. – Ghost Stories
7) Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. – Ghost Stories
8) Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. – Ghost Stories
9) Friday, October 31 at 8 p.m. – Transylvania Time Warp: The Music of Rocky Horror
10)   Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m. – Berlioz: Master of Fantasy
11)   Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. – Berlioz: Master of Fantasy
12)   Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. – The Magic Flute
13)   Sunday, November 23 at 3 p.m. – The Magic Flute

With engaging pre- and post-performance talks, fun activities, tasty morsels, and ghostly appearances, there are so many reasons to come to downtown Dayton to enjoy the fall season and DPAA’s Mostly Ghostly Festival.  

To purchase tickets to any of the Lucky 13 Mostly Ghostly Festival performances, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630.  For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include all three art forms, or single tickets online, you can also 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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