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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Celebrates Innovation, Creativity, and Excitement (ICE) with its Second Annual Gala on November 1

Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x 1138

DAYTON, OH (October 20, 2014) -- Celebrating its second full year of innovative collaborative programming, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) will hold its second annual Gala event on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 12:00 midnight in Dayton’s beautiful Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. The black-tie event brings together all that is special about the three arts organizations that comprise the DPAA -- Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic -- weaving them into a one-of-a-kind experience as special and groundbreaking as the DPAA itself. 

Its charter formalized in July 2012, the DPAA is the first nonprofit organization in the U.S. to simultaneously manage a symphony orchestra, an opera company and a ballet company while still maintaining the individuality of the three art forms. All three artistic organizations have retained their distinct identities while uniting to create enhanced programming. The Gala will showcase these distinct identities and demonstrate how they work together to produce an evening to remember.  From the sounds of the Dayton Philharmonic to the sight of guests dancing on stage, from the taste of a delectable dinner shared with friends to the feeling of exuberance as we celebrate our performing arts – this is the event that everyone will be talking about well into the holiday season. 

The evening’s theme, “ICE – Innovation, Creativity, Excitement,” sets the stage for the joining of dance, instrumental and vocal performance.  Attendees are invited to a dinner accompanied by specialty cocktails fitting the “ICE” theme, unique silent and live auctions offering items to explore, experience, entertain, and enrich, and dancing on the Mead Theater stage to the gorgeous music of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bob Gray Orchestra.

The following is the schedule of events planned for this fabulous night of celebration:
* 6:00 to 7:30: Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Wintergarden
* 6:00 to 10:00: Silent auction
* 7:30: Seated dinner in the Wintergarden, with Dayton Ballet dancers to dazzle and delight on the DP&L Stage and a live auction featuring a variety of engaging experiences
* 9:00 to 11:00: Dancing on the Mead Theatre stage to the DPO and the Bob Gray Orchestra
* 9:00 to 11:00: Cocktails and music  - Kara Shay Thomson, soprano; Jeffrey Powell, accompanist - in the Donor Lounges
* 9:00 to 12:00 midnight:  Dancing in the Mathile Theatre with DJ Dan Haug

Join the DPAA for this year’s ICE Gala in an evening of music, dinner, drinks and dance. Patron tickets are $275 per person and Grand Patron tickets are $450 per person. Online registration is available at For more information, call 937-224-3521, ext. 1112. This is a vitally important fundraiser for the DPAA, one that epitomizes the innovative and can-do spirit of Dayton. 


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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