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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates the Human Spirit Through Music as the DPO Stained Glass Concert Church Choirs Come Together for One Glorious Afternoon in the Schuster Center

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DAYTON, OHIO (January 3, 2017) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the human spirit through the universal medium of music as it marks 10 years of its acclaimed Stained Glass Community Engagement Concert Series this January in a program called Lift Ev’ry Voice.  Church choirs from around the Dayton area, including congregations that have hosted the Stained Glass series over the years, will join the DPO for a glorious afternoon of uplifting classical, spiritual, and gospel music on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the world-class Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

The DPO’s Stained Glass Concerts are part of a series of community outreach efforts called the Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts, in honor of the late Mrs. Norma Ross, a tireless advocate for music and minority youth.  This special January performance at the Schuster Center has been generously underwritten by the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts. 

Lift Ev’ry Voice will combine the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, with more than 100 singers from the choirs of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Church of Judah Family Worship, First Baptist Church, Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Inspiration Church, Omega Baptist Church, New Fellowship Baptist Church, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

The program opens with the uplifting concert title of Hale Smith’s “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” setting the stage perfectly for the afternoon of spiritual celebration.  Then, the DPO will dazzle with Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony, described by E. M. Forster as “the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.”

After a brief intermission, the second half of the program will be bursting with rousing works for chorus, including “Hallelujah, You’re Worthy to Be Praised,” “More Than Enough,” “Ride Up in the Chariot,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” with “Blessed Assurance,”  “Even Me,” and the guiding anthem “Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land.”  Dayton Opera Chorus mezzo-soprano Grecia Vaughn will perform a solo presentation of the moving spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”

A special thank-you goes out to the ministers of music and choir directors who have participated in the planning and preparation of this program:   
* Jacqueline Hall-Moore, Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
* William Henry Caldwell, First Baptist Church
* Shalanna Bell, Inspiration Church
* Tommy McGuffy, Jr., Omega Baptist Church
* Robert Stockton, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
* Kathy Pullen, Tabernacle Baptist Church
* Terry Grimes, Trinity Presbyterian Church 

Spend a few hours at the start of the new year surrounded by the inspirational sound when classical and gospel music come together to unite our Dayton community.

Tickets for Lift Ev’ry Voice are $10 and are available for purchase by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or online at For more information or to order subscriptions to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 2016-2017 Excite Season, 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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