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Prepare for an Evening of “Chills and Thrills” at the Annual Dayton Performing Arts Alliance ICE Gala on October 31at the Schuster Center

DPAA ICE Gala Celebrates Innovation, Creativity, and Excitement (ICE) with Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic

Communications & Media Manager

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

DAYTON, OH (October 8, 2015) -- The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) proudly announces that it will hold its third annual ICE Gala on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 6 to midnight in Dayton’s beautiful Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. This 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. Platinum Sponsors for this special event are Emerson Climate Technologies and Wright State University.

The three powerful performing arts organizations of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance celebrate three years of artistic innovation and collaboration, bringing outstanding music and song and dance to the Dayton area.  Together, the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic share a staggering 213 years of combined commitment, delivering unparalleled entertainment to the Miami Valley.  The ICE Gala will showcase the distinct identities of each of these art forms and demonstrate how they work together to deliver an evening to remember.

The DPAA Gala theme, “ICE – Innovation, Creativity, Excitement,” sets the stage for the world-class collaboration of music, dance, and vocal performance.  This year, the ICE Gala falls on All Hallows’ Eve, and the planning committee has arranged a night of “Chills and Thrills” to make it a unique and unforgettable All Hallows’ night.

Attendees are invited to a dinner of delectable cuisine with good friends, accompanied by specialty cocktails fitting to 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 Schuster Center
  • 6:00 to 7:30: Education program highlights with performances by the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Quartet and Dayton Ballet II dancers
  • 6:00 to 10:00: Silent auction—Explore, experience, entertain, enrich...enjoy!
  • 7:30: Seated dinner in the Wintergarden, featuring an insider’s look at secrets for the upcoming season and a live auction
  • 9:00 to 11:00: Dancing on the Mead Theatre stage to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bob Gray Orchestra
  • 9:00 to 10:15: Cocktails and music—Dayton Opera guest vocalist Gary Briggle, tenor, with Jeffrey Powell, accompanist—in the Mathile Theatre and on the Main Stage
  • 10:15 to 12 midnight:  Dancing in the Mathile Theatre

Join the DPAA for this year’s ICE Gala, “Chills and Thrills,” for an exciting 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 but also an event 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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