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Jaws meets Frankenstein and more – Saturday, October 29 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center


DAYTON OH (October 17, 2011) – On Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center, one of the area’s favorite Halloween celebrations – PhilharMonster – returns, as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Neal Gittleman open the 2011-2012 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 the Shark Theme from Jaws, DJ Sparr’s Schrödinger’s Cat, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, with narrator Niki Dakota, Music Director and host of “Excursions” for 91.3 WYSO.  We’ll even feature a scene or two of The Bride of Frankenstein (featured in full that evening) on the big screen overhead, backed by the entire Orchestra!

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 2:30 pm in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Contestants can win DPO concert tickets in three divisions: Ages 3-5, 6-9, and 10 and up. 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 2011-2012 Family Series sponsor is Dayton Power & Light.   



About Niki Dakota
Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.

In 2002, Niki’s radio career brought her to WYSO where she continues to enjoy a love of music and shares that love with the Miami Valley weekdays on Excursions.

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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