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“Baby It’s Cold Outside” But Things Are Certainly Heating Up at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as They Prepare to Put All of Dayton in the Swingin’ Holiday Spirit This December



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 
DAYTON, OH (November 14, 2017) – On Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration, the second concert in the Kettering Health Network’s 2017–2018 SuperPops Season.  

The holiday season has many moods . . . from sacred and traditional to young-at-heart and popular. For these two evenings in December in Dayton, the focus is on swing—those catchy rhythms that the hippest of the hip use to make everything, including the holidays, just a little more cool. 

Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra have chosen the crème de la crème of swingin’ holiday classics, perfect to put everyone in the right December mood! Joining the DPO for this festive celebration are two very talented Broadway dynamos.

Caroline Victoria most recently ended a hugely successful run on Broadway as Elphaba in the smash musical Wicked. She was in the original Broadway cast of Kinky Boots, and she has completed several Broadway tours nationally and internationally, starring in iconic roles such as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Rizzo in Grease, and Carmen in Fame.  Miss Victoria earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance in the title role of Evita, and she recently reprised this role with the Vancouver Opera in May 2016. She has performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Philharmonic and in numerous cabarets in New York and Washington, D.C. She recently performed her own solo show at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC to rave reviews. Miss Victoria graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a BFA in musical theatre, and she is a recipient of the 2014 Penn State Alumni Achievement Award for achievement under 35. 

Destan Owens has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Rent. His off-Broadway, National Tours, and other credits include roles in The Who’s Tommy, Sisterella, Chicago, Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holliday, Yo’ Alice, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Soul Possessed, It Happened in Little Rock, Carmen, Trouble in Tahiti, and A Little Night Music. His television and film credits include Marie and Bruce, Get Rich or Die Trying, Across the Universe, and 30 Rock. In addition to his flourishing Broadway and television career, Mr. Owens has also performed as soloist with orchestras across the nation, including Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and Long Island Philharmonic.

These two accomplished vocalists will take the Mead Theater Stage with the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to jazz up the winter season here in Dayton.  Audiences will enjoy some of the most swingin’ holiday hits  like  “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” "A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and a concert suite from Polar Express. It’s a night full of the likes of Mel Tormé, Johnny Mercer, and Vince Guaraldi at their holiday finest, with hits that will sparkle all the way through December until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve!

Tickets for A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration range from $29 to $79 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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