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DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION FEATURES “A VIENNESE HOMECOMING”

The tradition continues – Thursday, December 31, 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center

 

DAYTON, OH (December 14, 2009) – A Dayton New Year’s Eve tradition will continue on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Schuster Center, as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Kettering Health Network present “A Viennese Homecoming.”  
 
Vienna, orchestral concerts, and New Year’s have a special association, as the New Year Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is internationally famous and is broadcast each year to an estimated audience of one billion in more than 50 countries[update].  Many traditions associated with that concert (generous helpings of Strauss waltzes, including the famous “Blue Danube,” and New Year’s wishes from members of the orchestra) will be duplicated by the DPO, with one important difference – while the Viennese concert takes place New Year’s morning, American versions of this concert, including the DPO’s, are almost always held on New Year’s Eve.

The 2009 edition of the New Year’s Eve celebration will feature soprano soloist, Kettering native, and Muse Machine alumna Laura Portune, performing music by Mozart, Lehár, Johann Strauss II, and Leonard Bernstein, and violin soloist Kirstin Greenlaw, principal 2nd violinist of the DPO, performing Antonín Dvorák’s Romance, Op. 11.  Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.
 
The concert includes complimentary champagne at intermission and a festive balloon drop at its conclusion.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve performance range from $13 - $65 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.  The concert is presented by Kettering Health Network.

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About Laura Portune
Critically acclaimed soprano Laura Portune has been capturing attention across the United States and abroad with her powerful voice and expressive stage presence.  Her many roles include Musetta in La Bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Violetta in La Traviata, Cunegonde in Candide, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Così fan tutte, Clorinda in La Cenerentola,  and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with such companies as San Diego Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Columbus, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, and the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.  A natural at the comedic Gilbert and Sullivan style, Portune has charmed audiences as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Yum Yum in The Mikado, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers to great acclaim.
In concert appearances, Ms. Portune has performed with the North Czech Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony, and in Gala Performances with Opera Columbus, Lake George Opera, and Lyric Opera San Diego.  She has sung with such conductors as Richard Bonynge and Edoardo Müller and worked closely with composers Peter Schickele and John Corigliano. 
Upcoming performances include Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and Frasquita in Carmen with San Diego Opera.

About Kirstin Greenlaw
Kirstin Greenlaw, principal second violinist of the Dayton Philharmonic, maintains an active performing and teaching schedule in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. Between performances with the Duveneck String Quartet in Cincinnati and the Dayton Principals quartet, she is active in the SPARK program through the Dayton Philharmonic.
She has served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as concertmaster and soloist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Now in her seventh year on the faculty of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, she is acting chamber music coordinator for the Festival. A grand prize winner of the Carmel Chamber Music Competition and graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, she holds degrees from DePauw University and the Florida State University, where she worked with Karen Clarke and Eliot Chapo.

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.

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