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Explore the Opera, Ballet and Philharmonic Like Never Before, with Behind-the-Scenes Looks and Hands-On Experiences That Will Open a World of Wonder into the Performing Arts

Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (December 21, 2017) – On Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present the second concert in the 2017–2018 DP&L Foundation Family Series, World of Wonder.  All three members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance – dancers from the Dayton Ballet, vocalists from the Dayton Opera, and the musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra – combine their talents to open a World of Wonder into the Performing Arts for families in the Dayton community. Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston, Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, and Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke together present an engaging afternoon of music, song, and dance. 

Associate Sponsor for this performance is the Milt Kantor Family, and Supporting Sponsor is Graeter’s. Education Underwriter for this performance is The Hearst Foundations. 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. 

World of Wonder (WOW) incorporates all the best things from a Signature Event and a Family Concert and integrates ballet, opera, and the orchestra in a way that makes performing arts completely accessible to the young and young-at-heart alike. 

The experience begins before the concert at 1:30 pm, when audiences are invited to venture backstage for a lesson from Dayton Opera singers; walk across the Schuster Center stage to peek at the Dayton Philharmonic in rehearsal; and venture upstairs to touch pointe shoes, marvel at beautiful costumes, try a hand at stage makeup, and get a ballet tutorial from a Dayton Ballet company member. Then audiences can wander back through the Wintergarden for crafts and coloring or to see how it feels to conduct an orchestra on the DP&L Stage with members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Music and dance will fill the entire Schuster Center! 

Finally, everyone will be invited into the Mead Theatre to join the musicians, singers, and dancers for a concert that showcases all of their talents. The program opens with the sparkly overture from Leonard Bernstein’s famous operetta Candide.  Next, a fun play on a number from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate brings the four Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence (AIRs) to the stage to showcase their vocal flair. Then, it’s back to Bernstein, this time with dancers from Dayton Ballet to wow the audiences with the Samba and Turkey Trot from his Divertimento for Orchestra.

After a fun favorite that has something to do with a boat, a stream and being merry, the Dayton Opera AIRs will perform the captivating “Mir ist so wunderbar” (“A Wondrous Feeling Fills Me”) from Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio.

The DPO, along with dancers from Dayton Ballet, will then perform the engaging “Mai Nozipo” by Zimbabwe’s Dumisani Maraire, known affectionately to friends as “Dumi.”  This opening song on the Kronos Quartet’s Pieces of Africa is a “rousing, triumphant anthem with a resonant melodic line that will long linger.”  (AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick)

The afternoon continues with two works by Roberto Sierra, a contemporary composer born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, whose works have been part of the repertoire of many leading orchestras and ensembles in the USA and Europe for more than three decades.  The Dayton Philharmonic flies solo on these two exciting selections: “Imaginary Creatures” and “We’ve Got Rhythm.”  

The afternoon closes by returning to Bernstein one last time with the Dayton Opera AIRs for the rousing and inspiring “Life Is Happiness Indeed.” 

Equipped with new "behind-the-scenes" knowledge, everyone is sure to have a wondrous experience at this concert!

Tickets for World of Wonder 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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