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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Launches Power2give Project, Creating a New Piece of Music to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Dayton Peace Accords

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DAYTON, OH (October 9, 2015) - The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) has recently launched its third power2give project, providing funding for the creation of a very poignant piece of music entitled Dona Nobis Pacem (“Give Us Peace”), which will receive its world premiere this November 13 and 14, 2015 in the DPO Classical Concert A Hero’s Journey.  This piece of music will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords; however, it needs the help of our community to fully fund its completion. The details of this power2give project, along with a video, can be found at

Power2give is the online fundraising platform introduced to the Dayton region by Culture Works on March 5, 2014.  Power2give is a “crowd-funding” effort in which many people can make contributions, from the smallest amount —even as small as $1—to very large donations and anything in between, in order to support worthy projects in the cultural life of a community. 

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s goal with its third power2give project is to raise $6,818, enough money to do two things: 
  1. Fund the orchestration for Stella Sung’s beautiful Dona Nobis Pacem               
  2. Offer 200 Complimentary Concert Tickets for Active Military to attend this incredibly moving concert
Donors have the opportunity to get involved in the creation of a musical score written to honor the military personnel of our community and our great nation and to allow the military personnel in our community the opportunity to attend this glorious event.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will acknowledge gifts to this new power2give project by awarding donors of more than $100 with a copy of the title page of the Dona Nobis Pacem score, personally autographed by composer Stella Sung.  For a donation of more than $200, the DPAA will offer an invitation to A Hero’s Journey rehearsal on Thursday, November 12, 2015 beginning at 7:30 pm in the Schuster Center, giving these generous supporters a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus are humbled by the sacrifices of our nation’s military and are proud to honor these brave men and women with our November Classical Concerts – concerts that will commemorate Veterans Day and the 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords. The first work on the program will be Dona Nobis Pacem ("Give Us Peace"), a seven-minute piece for chorus and string orchestra by Stella Sung, DPAA’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence.  Through power2Give donations, Dona Nobis Pacem is set to be a new adaptation of Agnus Dei, an older work by Sung for a capella chorus.  In Agnus Dei, the words "give us peace" appeared in a religious context, as the closing of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Mass.  Now, in Dona Nobis Pacem, the words have a new, secular context, as a plea for peace in the world at large and also as a tribute to the historic peace that the Dayton Accords brought to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia in the autumn of 1995.  

Also on the Classical Concert program this November is Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen for orchestra, chorus, and piano, a work detailing a soldier’s deep emotional response to the experience of war, drawing on texts by poet and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner. The program closes with Beethoven’s majestic work “in memory of a great man,” the heroic Symphony No. 3.

Those interested in donating a gift to support this Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s power2give project in any amount, even as small as $1, are encouraged to visit the power2give website at


About power2give
Power2give is a groundbreaking new website that was designed by the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, to address changing trends in philanthropic giving. The power2give model was originated in Charlotte in August 2011 after the city’s united arts fund sustained a 36.8% drop in one year.  Power2give is now active in 24 communities nationwide, including Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and now Dayton.  Nationwide, power2give has raised more than $4.75 million since its inception, supporting more than 1,927 projects and 21,235 donations. Culture Works has launched power2give in Dayton as a way to attract new donors to the arts while giving non-profit organizations throughout the Dayton region the ability to raise funds for arts and culture projects.  The website encourages any person in a given community to donate any amount of money they choose to fund projects established by the cultural needs of the community in which they are living.  Power2give is not part of Culture Works’ annual campaign for the arts, which raises general operating support; rather, it is a supplementary effort that allows organizations to seek funding for specific projects.  To learn more about power2give, go to   
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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