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Ring in the New Year in the Gorgeous Schuster Center with Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Three Art Forms Join Together on Stage to Present Classical Destinations This New Year’s Eve

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (December 15,  2014) – On Wednesday, December 31 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present New Year’s Eve: Classical Destinations.  This is the second Signature Event of the DPAA 2014-2015 New Horizons season, when all three members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance – dancers from the Dayton Ballet, vocalists from the Dayton Opera, and the instrumentalists of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra – combine their talents for an artistic celebration second-to-none. Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston, Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, and Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke together present an outstanding celebration of music, song, and dance. DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung brings her masterful command of the violin to the joyous evening, and guest vocalist tenor Jonathan Burton returns to the Mead Theatre Stage to lend his powerful vocals to the night’s festivities.

The theme for this exciting evening is the many places on the map, both near and far-flung, that have inspired the world's greatest music. From Vienna to London, from New York to Rome, from St. Petersburg to Milan, from Salzburg to Prague, these are the fruitful origins of some of the most famous classical music, dance, and opera in Western civilization.

The New Year’s Eve tradition of Concertmaster Jessica Hung playing a signature violin piece continues with her performance of the exquisite first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher, arranged for violin by Alexander Glazunov.  Guest vocalist and Dayton Opera favorite Jonathan Burton returns to the Mead Theatre for wonderful arias from Puccini and Verdi, along with Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick out of You,” made most famous by none other than Frank Sinatra.  Dancers from Dayton Ballet add to the celebration with an exciting performance to “I Get a Kick out of You” and a gorgeous interpretation of Copland’s Saturday Night Waltzes. The evening would not be complete without a little sneak peek of what is to come from DPAA as an announcement is made from the stage regarding the upcoming 2015-2016 season.  The program closes with the Philharmonic sending its audience gloriously off into 2015 On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss.

The Schuster Center New Year’s Eve traditions revelers have come to love and anticipate will again be part of the evening’s festivities: delicious food-by-the-bite in the Wintergarden beforehand, a flute of champagne at intermission, and a colorful climactic balloon drop. All of these have made this evening in the Mead Theatre the essential place to be on New Year's Eve in Dayton.

This New Year’s Eve concert is an excellent option for those looking for an end-of-year tradition that favors the 8 pm to 10 pm time slot and sets the tone for whatever else concert-goers may want to do that night before the ball drops.  Seats should be reserved early, as word is getting around quickly that last year's event was sold out!

Tickets for New Year’s Eve: Classical Destinations range from $19 to $69 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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