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DPO PRESENTS ANNUAL FREE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND CONCERT AT CARILLON PARK

Concert on May 30 at 7 p.m. highlights Dayton Heritage Festival

DAYTON OH (May 24, 2010) – The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Neal Gittleman will present a free Memorial Day weekend celebration concert on Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m. as the featured performance of the Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park presented by Time Warner Cable.

Highlights of the DPO’s program will include the baseball classic Casey at the Bat, with narrator Tony Capizzi, and John Williams’s Hymn to the Fallen (from the movie Saving Private Ryan) with narrator Lloyd Bryant. Other selections will include the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a Salute to Veterans of all branches of the armed forces, and Tchaikovsky’s immortal 1812 Overture, complete with cannon shots! In addition, Dayton’s own Wright B Flyer will make a fly-over appearance during the playing of the National Anthem.

Other events of the Dayton Heritage Festival include:
* Grand unveiling of the Deeds Carillon’s newest feature and a spectacular illuminations and fireworks finale
* Special inaugural performance by the Carillon Park Concert Band
* Classic Jazz Stompers – a Dixieland band
* The Day Tones – a strolling barbershop quartet
* All 30 historic buildings and exhibits open – many demonstrations & hands-on activities
* Kid Zone –inflatables, face painting and craft activities
* Time Warner Cable’s CaMM Passport Program children’s activities
* Artisan Pavilion – a unique shopping experience
* Ride the Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society small-scale trains ($1.00 fee)
* The Clodbusters (vintage base ball team) demonstrations
* Americana-style food and beverage for sale
No carried-in food or beverage permitted.

Carillon Park will open at 11 a.m. on May 30 and admission to the Dayton Heritage Festival is FREE. There is a charge of $5 per car for parking.

Raindate for the Dayton Heritage Festival and the DPO performance is Monday, May 31.


Sponsors:
Presenting: Time Warner Cable
Additional sponsorship: WinWholesale; Heidelberg Distributing; Vectren; MeadWestvaco; Coolidge Wall; Freund, Freeze & Arnold; Dayton Children’s Medical Center; Wells Fargo Insurance Advisors; Coca–Cola Bottling Company; Liberty Savings Bank; Meijer; Oregon Printing; Logos@Work;
Media sponsorship: Think TV; 99.9 LITE FM; WDPR 88.1


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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 Dayton History
Dayton History is Montgomery County’s official historical organization. Consisting of Carillon Historical Park, Hawthorn Hill, Patterson Homestead, Old River Park, Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, Memorial Hall and Old Court House, Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting and promoting the region’s past.

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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