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Tubby the Tuba meets comic book heroes, video game characters, and more – Saturday, October 30 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center


DAYTON OH (October 13, 2010 – On Saturday, October 30, 2010 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 2010-2011 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 Daniel James Chan’s Overture for a Comic Book Hero, the Halloween favorite Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns, and George Kleinsinger’s children’s classic Tubby the Tuba, featuring soloist Timothy Northcut, Principal Tuba of the DPO, and narrator Paul Helfrich. The program concludes with music from popular electronic games in the “Video Games Live” suite. .

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, please do!  You can join in the DPO’s annual costume contest at 2:20 pm in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Contestants can win DPO concert tickets in three divisions: Age 3-5, Age 6-9, and Age 10 and up.   Families are encouraged to come at 2:00 for other free activities, also in the Wintergarden. For more information, call 224-3521.

Tickets for the PhilharMonster concert range from $12 - $19 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Family Series sponsor is Dayton Power & Light.   The concert sponsor for PhilharMonster is One Call Now.  


About Timothy Northcut
Timothy J. Northcut is presently Associate Professor of Music, Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition, he serves as Music Director of the CCM Brass Choir and coordinator of the brass chamber music program.  Under his leadership, the Brass Choir has performed at the 1995 International Brassfest (Bloomington, Indiana), the 53rd Annual MidWest Clinic (Chicago, Illinois) and the 2002, 2005 and 2010 Ohio Music Education Association Conferences (Cincinnati, Ohio).  In the spring of 2003, the Brass Choir performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for the Telarc Label.  

In 1997, 2003, and 2010, Tim was awarded CCM’s Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award.  Also in 2003, he was awarded the University of Cincinnati Mrs. A. B. (Dolly) Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching and was recognized as one of Ohio’s Top 100 Educators in Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Awards.  From 1998-2001, he served as the Executive Director of the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, an international performance and career development seminar for brass musicians in conjunction with Summit Brass, America’s premiere large brass ensemble.  In 2008, Tim served as artistic director and host of the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference.

Tim currently performs as Principal Tuba with the Dayton (Ohio) Philharmonic Orchestra.  His past experience includes serving as a member of the military’s premiere touring band—The United States Army Field Band (Washington, DC)—and numerous other solo and chamber music appearances.  Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, a Masters of Music degree in Performance from The Catholic University of America, and has completed course work towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.  Tim is proud of the guidance and tutelage provided by his teachers: James Garrett, R. Winston Morris, Harvey Phillips, David Fedderly, Warren Deck, and Daniel Perantoni.

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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