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Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Together with the Centerville Arts Commission, Present “A Taste of the Arts” at Centerville High School on March 12

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
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DAYTON, OH (February 24, 2017) – On Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Centerville High School Central Theater, 500 E. Franklin Street, Centerville, Ohio,  the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present “A Taste of the Arts.” This performance has been made possible by generous funding from the City of Centerville and the Centerville Arts Commission.  This concert is free and open to the public.  
This exciting program is a collaboration of Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic and will showcase all three art forms in the intimate setting of the Centerville High School Central Theater. In July 2012, leadership of these three art forms announced a groundbreaking and innovative merger, forging the three iconic Dayton performing arts companies into one organization named the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the first merged arts organization of its kind in the nation.  

This afternoon performance will shine a spotlight on the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and its offerings, bringing the talent and musicianship of its artists from each art form out into the community of Centerville. Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston, Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, and Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke have collaborated to assemble a wonderful afternoon of music, dance, and song.  

The program will begin with a beautiful selection of chamber music, including Mozart’s lovely Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, performed by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra string quartet comprising violinist Aurelian Oprea, violinist William Manley, violist Sheridan Currie, and cellist Christina Coletta.

The afternoon continues with a delightful performance by Dayton Ballet dancers Margot Aknin, Peter Kurta, Annalise Woller and Case Bodamer, with a captivating trio from Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento, including “Mazurka,” “Samba,” and “Turkey Trot.” Choreography for these engaging musical selections was created by Case Bodamer. 

To conclude the program, young artists from Dayton Opera’s prestigious 2017 Artists-in-Residence program – soprano Chelsea Friedlander, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Frey, tenor Brian Skoog, and bass-baritone Vincent Grana – will perform a selection of favorite opera arias, with accompaniment by Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence Music Director Jeffrey Powell.  

Directly following the performance, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will hold a friendly, casual “Community Conversation” to hear what residents of the greater Dayton community think about the arts and cultural scene in general and the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic in particular.


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.

About the Centerville Arts Commission 
Believing that the arts are for everyone, the Centerville Arts Commission exists to involve the citizens of the Centerville, Ohio area in the visual and performing arts.  The role of the Centerville Arts Commission to provide art-related knowledge and expertise, to represent the Centerville community desires, to review plans, to make recommendations to staff, to assist in implementation, and to oversee and staff art-related events and programs.  The purpose of the Centerville Arts Commission is to provide the Centerville Community with access to experience the visual and performing arts in their own hometown. For more information on the Arts Commission, contact the City of Centerville at (937) 433-7151 or go to   You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter . 
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