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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Members of Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Opera Guest Vocalist Tyler Alessi to Perform at Annual Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Park on May 28

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DAYTON, OH (May 15, 2017) – 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 28, 2017 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 Tyler Alessi join the Dayton Philharmonic for this special performance, proudly bringing music and dance to the Dayton Heritage Day celebration. 

Held on Memorial Day weekend, Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park celebrates Dayton’s unparalleled history through special activities, costumed interpreters, and more. Draped in patriotic decorations, the Park welcomes thousands of guests each year to this family-friendly event!  After a full day of historical demonstrations, miniature train rides, and general merriment, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra fills the air with beautiful music. Heritage Day is a festive and patriotic way to ring in summer.

Carillon Park will open at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, 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 29.   

This year’s concert opens with the traditional Star-Spangled Banner and includes patriotic tunes and familiar nostalgic favorites from Alford (Colonel Bogey March), von Suppé (Light Cavalry Overture), Sousa (The Invincible Eagles March), Joplin (Maple Leaf Rag) and Copland (Variations on a Shaker Melody).  

Guest vocalist Tyler Alessi joins the DPO to perform an operatic gem from Gian Carlo Menotti (“The Old Maid and the Thief: When the Air Sings of Summer”), and he delivers a taste of Broadway with two wonderful melodies–“Stars” from Les Misérables and “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific.

Dancers from Dayton Ballet take the stage with the DPO to dazzle the crowd with Sousa’s “High School Cadets March” and Duke Ellington’s enchanting “Sophisticated Lady.”
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, and live entertainment throughout the day, 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.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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, and the Archive 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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