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November 11 Veteran’s Day performance features music about Lincoln and from the time in which he lived. Active and retired military personnel invited for free.


DAYTON OH – 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of an historic visit by Lincoln to Dayton in 1859. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate these auspicious anniversaries with a Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration concert on Wednesday evening, November 11, 2009, at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.

The concert will feature music about our 16th President, including Aaron Copland’s famed Lincoln Portrait, and from the time in which he lived, such as Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto, written in 1809, the year of Lincoln’s birth. Piano soloist for the Beethoven Concerto will be American pianist John Novacek.

Other music on the program includes Paul Hindemith’s Prelude from When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed and a medley of Civil War band music. Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.

Prior to the concert, a historic exhibit of Lincoln-related artifacts, provided by Gary Kersey and Dan Ostendorf will be on display in the Orchestra Lobby. In addition, Dayton’s own Mr. Lincoln, Jim Crabtree will be on hand to lend an extra air of drama and authenticity.

Tickets for the concert range from $9 - $39 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at November 11 is Veteran’s Day, and with that in mind, the DPO is proud to offer free admission, two per household for the area’s active duty and retired military personnel.

The Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration concert is presented in association with the Lincoln Society of Dayton and is sponsored in part by Dayton Aerospace, Inc., with additional support from the Goodrich Corporation.


About John Novacek
Pianist JOHN NOVACEK regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist; in the latter capacity he has presented over thirty concerti with dozens of orchestras.

John Novacek’s major American performances have been heard in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, 92nd Street Y, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Symphony Space, Washington’s The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall, while international venues include Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Musée du Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, as well as most of the major concert halls of Japan.

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 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

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