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February 17-18 pops concerts feature classic film on the big screen, with live orchestral accompaniment


DAYTON OH (February 1, 2012) – The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2011-2012 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series will continue with “The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra” on Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18, 2012, at 8 p.m. both nights at the Schuster Center.   

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has come to embody the definition of a movie “classic.”  Dorothy, her three faithful companions, the Wicked Witch, and her little dog Toto seem as fresh, real and endearing as the day this magical film first hit theaters. This is due to a combination of brilliant casting, novel use of Technicolor, a wonderful script adapted from a beloved children’s story, a landmark performance from a singer who would go on to make musical history, and, above all, the music and lyrics of Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.

The union of these factors that produced a motion picture that has truly stood the test of time.  All those with children, or grandchildren, or just a child’s sense of wonder should plan to attend for this wonderful blend of Hollywood’s best with the live sound of a full orchestra.  

“The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra” is produced by John Goberman of A Symphonic Night at the Movies and Live from Lincoln Center fame.  The production was previously presented by the DPO to sold-out houses in the 2006-2007 season.

Tickets for “The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra” range from $23 - $76 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at

The Dayton Philharmonic’s 2011-2012 SuperPops Series is sponsored by Kettering Health Network.   Concert media sponsor for the performances of February 17 & 18 is Cox Media Group/The Dayton Daily News.  


About John Goberman
John Goberman is probably best known as the creator of LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER.  Now in its 35th season, this award-winning series of television specials has brought the finest of the performing arts to American audiences.  To produce the series, Mr. Goberman developed the video and audio techniques and technology by which concerts, opera, ballets and plays can be telecast during live performances without disruption of performers and audiences.  He has produced more than 200 national performing arts specials with the constituents of Lincoln Center, from the New York City Ballet to the New York Philharmonic with programs ranging from Genius has a Birthday: Stravinsky and Balanchine to Marsalis on Armstrong.  As Executive Producer/Television for Lincoln Center, he has produced a companion series, BACKSTAGE\LINCOLN CENTER, as an introduction to the performing arts including “This Old Cello”, with Yo-Yo Ma and “Stagefright” with Luciano Pavarotti.

He is also the creator of a new form of film/concert presentation, SYMPHONIC CINEMA, performing 20th century symphonic works composed for film and orchestra, consisting of the film classics ALEXANDER NEVSKY and SCENES FROM IVAN THE TERRIBLE, selected offerings from Hollywood films in the presentation of A SYMPHONIC NIGHT AT THE MOVIES (A Night at the Oscars, Great Loves of the Silver Screen, Screen Classics, Hitchcock, Gotta Dance! and Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies) and the latest additions, the full-length feature films Wizard of Oz and Psycho.  He co-produced the theatrical film, DISTANT HARMONY, PAVAROTTI IN CHINA, and has made films for museums across the country, ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Mariners’ Museum.  He has produced numerous opera, ballet and concert telecasts from major performing arts institutions both here and abroad and has produced The White House: In Tune with History, a film for PBS about music at the White House.

For his work on public and commercial television, Mr. Goberman has received 13 National Emmy Awards; 3 Peabody Awards; 8 Sigma Alpha Iota awards; the first Television Critics Circle Award for Achievement in Music and has 53 Emmy Award nominations.  He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bridgeport and was cited by Symphony Magazine as one of the fifty most important people who have made a difference in the history of American music.

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 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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