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Britannia rules as May 21-22 season finale features music from England


DAYTON OH (May 10, 2010) - The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2009-2010 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series concludes with an all-British program titled Great Britons! Boyce, Elgar, and Walton, on Friday and Saturday, May 21 & 22, 2010, both performances at 8 p.m. at the Schuster Center.   

These programs of music from “the Fairest Isle” will be highlighted by a performance of Sir William Walton’s epic oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast, with baritone soloist Charles Robert Austin and the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus under the direction of Hank Dahlman.  

Belshazzar’s Feast tells the dramatic story of the Israelites’ captivity in Babylon and their eventual freedom, after the wicked king Belshazzar sees “the writing on the wall. “  Also on the program: William Boyce’s early classical Symphony No. 1 and the concert overture In the South by Sir Edward Elgar.  

Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the Dayton Philharmonic will conduct, closing his fifteenth season with the orchestra.  

Tickets for the concerts of May 21 & 22 range from $12 - $59 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at  

A free “Take Note” pre-concert discussion will be offered in the Mead Theater beginning at 7 p.m. both nights.  

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 Classical Series is sponsored by Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals.  


About Charles Robert Austin
“Possessor of a strikingly beautiful voice” and “completely commanding on stage” are but two of the powerful phrases critics and writers used to describe the voice and stage talents of Charles Robert Austin. A native of Nebraska, Mr. Austin is a former Marine Corps Officer and Cobra Helicopter Pilot. Mr. Austin is able to move freely and almost effortlessly from one musical style to another, being as much at ease with Bach as with Wagner or with Opera as with Oratorio.

Acclaimed internationally as a rising Bass-Baritone star in the Wagnerian realm, Mr. Austin has sung the roles of Wotan and Hunding in productions of Die Walküre with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh and Virginia Opera respectively, as well as the role of King Mark in performances of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Teatro de la Opera San Juan, Cincinnati Symphony, Virginia Opera, and Minnesota Symphony. He has performed Die Meistersinger with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Spoleto Festival as Viet Pogner and Hermann Ortel, as Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer with Opera Pacific, as Klingsor in Parsifal and as King Henry the Fowler in Lohengrin, both with the Cincinnati Symphony. Mr. Austin is also a participant in the critically acclaimed "Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program," a program sponsored by the Wagner Society of Washington DC.

Mr. Austin has made several recordings, including the benchmark recording of Menotti’s The Consul as the Secret Police Agent, recorded under the direction of the composer himself at the Festival of Three Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, as well as the recently released Naxos recording of Shostakovich's The Execution of Stepan Razin under the directon of Gerard Schwarz with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony Chorale. Mr. Austin also appears on a recording of Haydn’s opera La Fedelta Premiata as the High Priest Melibeo, under the direction of the late David Golub conducting the Padua Chamber Orchestra as well as a recording of Puccini’s Tosca with Riccardo Muti conducting the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.   To read more about Mr. Austin, visit his website at

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. The 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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