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Celebrate This New Year’s Eve in the World-Class Schuster Center with Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as They Ring in the New Year with Music, Song, and Dance

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DAYTON, OH (December 11,  2015) – On Thursday, December 31 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present New Year’s Eve: A Viennese Celebration.  This is the second Signature Event of the DPAA 2015-2016 Ascend season, when all three members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance – dancers from the Dayton Ballet, vocalists from the Dayton Opera, and the musicians 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 vocalists soprano Amy Johnson and baritone Gabriel Preisser return to the Mead Theatre Stage to lend their powerful vocals to the night’s festivities.

The theme for this exciting evening is A Viennese Celebration, and DPAA celebrates with works from some of the most well-known composers with close ties to Vienna, either through birth or through musical influence, including Wagner, Ravel, Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart.  Music from Johann Strauss I and Johann Strauss II, father and son, lights up the evening as well, with engaging opera excerpts, a beautiful Viennese waltz, and a few lively polkas.

The New Year’s Eve tradition of Concertmaster Jessica Hung playing a signature violin piece continues with her performance of Ravel’s rhapsodic Tzigane, a generic European term for “gypsy.”  Dayton Opera guest vocalists Amy Johnson and Gabriel Preisser take the stage to present excerpts from Johann Strauss II’s The Gypsy Baron, Eljen A Magyar! Polka, and his audience favorite Die Fledermaus, as well as “Tanzen Möchte Ich” from Kálmán’s Die Csárdásfürstin. 

In the second half of the program, Johnson and Preisser take the stage once again to present excerpts from two operas by Franz Lehar: Giuditta and the beloved The Merry Widow.  Dancers from Dayton Ballet, choreographed by dancer Case Bodamer, add to the celebration as they join vocalists Johnson and Preisser on stage to dance Strauss’s Eljen A Magyar! Polka and one of the excerpts from Lehar’s The Merry Widow.  The program closes with the Philharmonic sending its audience gloriously off into 2016 On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II, along with the traditional and nostalgic Auld Lang Syne.

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 2016-2017 season. 

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 10:30 pm time slot and sets the tone for whatever else concertgoers may want to do that night before the ball drops.  Seats should be reserved early, as New Year’s Eve with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance nearly sells out every year!

Tickets for New Year’s Eve: A Viennese Celebration 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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