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Sunday May 24, 5 pm concert features program of patriotic Memorial Day music at Carillon Park, part of park’s annual Dayton Heritage Festival

Dayton, Ohio (May 11, 2008) – On Sunday, May 24 at 5 pm at Carillon Park, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present a good, old-fashioned Memorial Day weekend celebration concert. This is the DPO’s fifth annual free Carillon Park concert.

The program opens with The Star-Spangled Banner (Smith-Custer), followed by Liberty Fanfare (Williams), Americana (Harris), Lyric for Strings (Walker), Lincoln Portrait (Copland), The Sound of Music Medley (Rodgers-Bennett), Symphony #5, 4th movement (Beethoven), Armed Forces Salute (Lowden, arranged by Gittleman), and 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky) . 

New this year is that this free concert is part of Carillon Park’s annual Dayton Heritage Festival. So for good seating it is best to get there early! While there, guests are encouraged to visit the Park’s 25 historical buildings and interact with the exhibits. It’s a great way to learn about the area’s history and heritage, and – for Sunday, May 24 ONLY – admission to the buildings is FREE (a $2 parking fee applies). Gates open at 11 am.

The Dayton Heritage Festival will be a Memorial Day weekend to remember, with an old-fashioned patriotic celebration! Come early to enjoy the park’s exhibit buildings, special activities, and local artisan booths before grabbing a seat on the Town Greene for special entertainment by some of Dayton’s finest local performers! The park encourages guests to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for the DPO concert and special performances by Rhythm in Shoes and Shoes2 at 4pm and the Eric Jerardi Band at 8 pm.
Other park activities include:

  • Special demonstrations and hands-on activities in the Park’s  historical buildings
  • Old-fashioned midway carnival games, make-and-take crafts for kids (fee applies)
  • Local artisan and craft vendors
  • Live Dixieland jazz from the Classic Jazz Stompers and strolling barbershop quartets
  • Train rides (fee applies)
  • Americana-style food and beverage for sale (No carried-in food and beverages, please)

For more information call 937-293-2841

For photographs of Neal Gittleman or any of the various series’ guest artists, go to:

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About Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park showcases Dayton’s rich heritage of creativity, invention, and milestones in transportation that changed the nation and the world. Founded by Colonel Edward and Edith Deeds, the Park sits on a beautiful 65-acre campus between the Great Miami River and a glacial moraine. The Park shares the region’s history from its founding in 1796 through the important local contributions made during World War II. Visitors learn about these achievements, while strolling through the Park’s 25 historical buildings and interacting with hundreds of artifacts and exhibits. Among them is the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane and National Historic Landmark, the 1835 B&O (Grasshopper) steam locomotive, and the first automobile self-starter. Visitors also experience Dayton’s pioneer history and its importance as a major transportation center illustrated by remnants of the Miami-Erie Canal. The Park is home to the Deeds Carillon, one of Dayton’s best-known landmarks and the largest Carillon in Ohio.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community.  Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra 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.  Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and 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.

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