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DAYTON OH – On Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center, the area’s largest musical Halloween celebration – PhilharMonster – returns, as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Neal Gittleman open the 09-10 DP&L Family Series with an array of spooky musical treats.

Maestro Gittleman will lead a costumed Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra through a program that includes Robert Wendel’s Ride of the Headless Horseman, Richard Meyer’s Rosin-Eating Zombies from Outer Space, and Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, featuring Human Race Theatre Company Resident Artist Katie Pees as narrator. The program concludes with music from John Williams’score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Neal has a tradition of wearing some rather elaborate costumes of his own at the PhilharMonster concert. What will he be this year? We can’t say - we’re sworn to secrecy, but audiences are sure to be amazed!

If you’d like to come in costume yourself, you’re more than welcome to do so! In fact, come and join in the DPO’s annual costume contest, along with other activities beginning at 2:00 pm in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center.Contestants can win DPO concert tickets. There are three divisions: Age 1-6, Age 7-12, and Age13-adult. For more information, call 224-3521.

Tickets for the concerts range from $10 - $17 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Family Series sponsor is Dayton Power & Light.   The DPO’s 09-10 Education media partner is the Dayton Daily News.


About Katie Pees
Katie Pees grew up in Dayton and after seven years in New York City is back home! She is a Resident Artist with the Human Race and has taught the Teen Conservatory program for the last 4 years and has been working with private students on voice, acting, and college auditions. Katie is the Drama teacher at Alter High School where she directs the Fall Play, the Spring Musical, and a small vocal ensemble. Some performance credits include: Gertrude in SEUSSICAL at the Human Race, Shelby in the SPITFIRE GRILL at the Human Race, FIVE COURSE LOVE at the Human Race, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the St. Louis Muny, the National tour of FOOTLOOSE, and her own One-Woman show that she performed in New York and at The Human Race. Katie is still performing and loves to share her passion for the arts with young performers!


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.

Performance Place at the Schuster Center~109 North Main Street, Suite 200~Dayton, Ohio 45402

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars, to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
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