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Harry Potter’s Wondrous World, a Poltergeist Polka, an Adorable Alien, and a Dayton Dragons Surprise Guest Make for an Unforgettable Halloween Party at the Annual DPO PhilharMonster Concert

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DAYTON, OH (September 28, 2017) – On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present the first concert in the 2017–2018 DP&L Foundation Family Series, PhilharMonster.  In addition to being the Family Series Sponsor for 2017–2018, DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2017-2018 The Great Ones Season is also the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

The DPO kicks off the 2017–2018 DP&L Foundation Family Series by presenting its annual legendary PhilharMonster Halloween Concert, setting the spooky stage for Halloween and getting the mood just right for reveling in the wonders of the autumn season. Conductor Neal Gittleman will continue his tradition of onstage Halloween hilarity when he surprises the audience with this year’s choice of masquerade. His costumed performances are so secret that we won’t know until he takes the stage who he will be dressed as this year!
Maestro Gittleman will open the concert promptly at 3:00 p.m., entrancing the audience with John Williams’ mystical theme music to the beloved Harry Potter. The concert continues with one of the brightest and most sparkling overtures in the repertoire—Bernstein’s Overture to Candide—which has been described by critics as a “short orchestral firework.” The DPO then summons all the local ghosts and ghouls with Robert Wendel’s Poltergeist Polka. A poltergeist is defined as a supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as loud noises and objects thrown around, and this piece certainly fits that definition, with loud noises, whistles, and bangs that result in great fun for the audience.  

The concert continues with another dizzyingly fun polka when the DPO performs Johann Strauss’s Thunder and Lightning Polka, a whirlwind of a piece filled with colorful orchestration. A trip to the magical world of fairies is next with “Scherzo” from Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a piece that introduces the fairy servant, Puck, who loves to play jokes. The flute is responsible, nearly breathlessly, for playing Puck’s theme throughout this entire movement. 

The audience is then invited to sing along as the DPO plays "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," the familiar tune from the seventh-inning stretch played at ballparks across the nation. The DPO has invited a surprise guest—hint: he’s big and he’s green and you may have seen him before on Fifth Third Field cheering on the Dayton Dragons—to help with this fun tribute to America’s favorite pastime! 

The concert continues with a very special presentation of one of everyone’s favorite Dr. Seuss books: Green Eggs and Ham. The DPO will be joined on stage by Kettering Children’s Choir member Adelina Geraghty and incoming Dayton Opera Artist-in-Residence soprano Olivia Yokers, who will both lend their vocal talents to this charming childhood delight. 

The afternoon closes with a short flight across the moon on a bicycle with the Flying Theme from E.T. by John Williams.

Activities for kids of all ages begin at 2 p.m. in the Wintergarden of the Schuster with crafts, treats, a scavenger hunt, a costume parade, and the popular instrument petting zoo. 

Tickets for PhilharMonster are $22 for adults and $14 for children 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

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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 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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