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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Members of Dayton Ballet, and Guest Vocalist Minnita Daniel-Cox to Perform at Annual Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Park on May 29

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DAYTON, OH (May 6, 2016) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will take the stage again this year to present a Memorial Day Weekend Concert on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. as the featured performance of the Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park, the Park's exciting day of music and family events. Dayton Ballet dancers and guest vocalist Minnita Daniel-Cox join the Dayton Philharmonic for this special performance, proudly bringing music and dance to the Dayton Heritage Day celebration.

Carillon Park will open at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, and admission to Dayton Heritage Day is $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $5 for all Active Military, Retirees, Veterans, and Reservists with valid I.D. $5 for Children aged 3–17, and FREE for Dayton History Members and Children under 3.  Parking is also free. No carried-in food or beverages are permitted. In the event of cancellation due to weather, the rain date for Dayton Heritage Day and the DPO performance will be Monday, May 30.  

This year’s concert program opens with the immensely patriotic Festival Overture by American composer Dudley Buck, based on the melody of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and written originally to celebrate Independence Day.  After this rousing opening, the program continues with works from American composers John Philip Sousa (Presidential Polonaise) and Samuel Barber (Adagio for Strings), and music from DPAA’s very own Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung (Rockwell Reflections). The DPO also pays a visit to famed composer and lyricist George Gershwin with three selections set to highlight music, song and dance from the Americana songbook.  The DPO delivers the presidential “Wintergreen for President”, Dayton Opera guest vocalist Minnita Daniel-Cox joins the DPO for a moving performance of “Summertime” from Gershwin’s beloved Porgy and Bess, and Dayton Ballet takes the stage for a captivating performance to “The Man I Love” from the ballet Who Cares?, created by iconic American choreographer George Balanchine. Dayton Ballet dancers Evan Pitts and Brittany Butler will showcase their athleticism and artistry to dance choreographed by Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke.

After a brief intermission, the DPO pays homage to America’s favorite pastime with three works centered around the summertime sport of baseball.  Up first – Albert Von Tilzer’s fan favorite “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” followed by Frank Proto’s “Casey at Bat,” with guest narrator DPAA President and CEO Paul Helfrich, and then, an unforgettable performance of Count Basie’s “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” with Dayton Ballet dancers once again gracing the stage for a swinging good time. Minnita Daniel-Cox returns to the stage for two classic American tunes, including “It’s a Gift” from Andrew Copland’s Old American Songs and a traditional version of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” arranged by Margaret Bonds. 

Of course, the evening would not be complete without the celebratory 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, the traditional Armed Forces Salute by Lowden, and Sousa’s beloved The Stars and Stripes Forever.

Highlights of Dayton Heritage Day include the opportunity to explore over 30 historical buildings and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Patrons may also enjoy carousel and train rides for $1 each, historical games and activities, Americana-style food and beverages for sale, live entertainment throughout the day, and even the chance to play baseball with the Clodbusters vintage baseball team, all leading up to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Concert.  For more information about the Dayton Heritage Day, visit

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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.

About Dayton History
Dayton History is Montgomery County's official historical organization. The organization boasts multiple campuses in the greater Dayton, Ohio area: Carillon Historical Park, Hawthorn Hill, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, the Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, Memorial Hall, the Archive Center, and the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center. Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting, and promoting the region's past. For more information, call 937.293.2841 or visit Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton Ohio, 45409.

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