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2011 Holiday Pops Concerts December 2-3 feature vocal jazz artists Five by Design


DAYTON OH (November 21, 2011) –The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2011-2012 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series will continue with holiday pops concerts titled “Radio Holly Days” with the acclaimed jazz singing group Five by Design on Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3, 8 p.m. both nights at the Schuster Center. Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.

Few, if any, performing groups have matched Five by Design’s vitality, innovation, and total grasp of an impressive variety of musical and dramatic idioms. They have appeared with over 200 symphony orchestras. For these shows, on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor (which happened over the holidays in 1941) the group will re-create a radio studio setting of the 1940s big-band era, with all the great music, newsy inserts, commercials and comedic antics typical of the time. Christmas music of the era will include tunes like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and a dozen additional holiday favorites

Tickets for the December 2-3 concerts range from $23 - $76 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at Senior prices are $10 off regular prices in areas B-D; student prices are 50% off regular prices in areas B-D

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2011-2012 SuperPops Series is sponsored by Kettering Health Network.


About Five by Design                                                                                                                                             

Five by Designs' signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career that stands out on America's musical landscape, spanning more than fifteen years. This nationally-acclaimed vocal quintet has been the choice of symphony orchestras and performing art centers delighting hundreds of thousands.

But Five by Design's creative talents go far beyond their vocal prowess. As the creative talent behind Radio Days, Club Swing, and Stay Tuned, their productions showcase the group's penchant for storytelling and the comedic. Whether backed by symphony orchestra or studio big band, Five by Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.

The Minnesota-based Five By Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Catherine Scott, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg, and Terrence Niska. Four of the Five members have been singing together since 1986. The group’s familial ties include brothers Terrence and Kurt Niska and the husband-wife duo of Kurt and Lorie Niska and childhood collaborator, Michael Swedberg. The creative team is supported by in-house artist representatives Alton Accola and Midge Swedberg. Their technical team currently includes Sound Engineer Phil Henrickson (since 1987) and Technical Director Paul Heim.

Radio Days, Five By Design’s flagship production, debuted in the 1980's as a patriotic tribute to the “golden age of radio,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II. Nearly two decades later, Radio Days still receives great reviews. The Washington Post heralded its Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as “one of the best pops performances of the season.”

With the success of Radio Days and the renewed interest in swing, the Baltimore Symphony requested another production from Five By Design ultimately leading to the Baltimore premiere of Club Swing in 2001. The show follows the rise and fall of the big band era from 1937-1955 at the ?ctional Hotel Crosby, “where the music’s hot, the drinks are cool, and the legend lives forever.” The Club Swing soundtrack was recorded with a big band headed by Willis Delony, Five By Design’s principal pianist/conductor.

Combining their warm, well-rounded signature vocals with vintage fashions and a bit of theatrical panache, Five By Design unveiled their third production in 2006. Stay Tuned is a nod to the “television variety show” and American culture from 1950-1966.

Five By Design enjoys the great fortune of working with outstanding orchestrators including: Lovell Ives, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies; Willis Delony, Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and ?lm score orchestrator, Maury Laws, noted most for his work on the Rankin-Bass animated specials including “Frosty, the Snowman” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” While the vocal arrangements are the creative work of Five By Design, their orchestrators bring those charts to life with unparalleled expertise.

National media exposure includes National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition–Sunday” and “Swingin’ Down the Lane”; and a feature story in Symphony magazine. With a touring itinerary averaging 60-plus performances each season, their talents have taken them across the country, up into Canada and as far away as the Bosphorus International Music Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

For further information regarding Five By Design’s itinerary and activities, visit the ensemble’s website at


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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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