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DPAA reveals upcoming season of ballet, orchestra, opera shows

Woman playing Aida kneels on stage during play.
Scott Kimmins
Aida is among shows coming to the DPAA 2024-2024 season.

New and renewal subscriptions are on sale for the newly announced Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 2024-2025 season of programs.

The Alliance — which combines the Dayton Ballet, Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera — will showcase the classic Broadway musical South Pacific, the opera powerhouse Aida, a brand-new production of The Nutcracker and more.

Next season's programming choices were shared by Artistic Directors Kathleen Clawson of the Dayton Opera, Neal Gittleman with Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brandon Ragland of Dayton Ballet.

A Masterworks Series program will celebrate Gittleman’s 30th year as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic.

“There are many great things about being a combined ballet, opera and orchestra arts organization, and one of the best is how we can combine the arts in our learning programs,” Gittleman said.

Gittleman added that the DPAA Artistic Directors have created a season designed to inspire, move, and entertain audiences from opening weekend in September through their last performance in June with fabulous performances of great works spanning through past centuries to modern times.

“You can tell the research, the work, that these three artistic directors have done for this artistic season," Board member Barabra O’Hara told the audience gathered for the announcement at the Schuster Center. "And it’s a wonderful, wonderful display of the performing cultural arts in our Dayton community.” 

Composed packages include Ballet, Opera, Masterworks, Rockin’ Orchestra, SuperPops, and the Family series.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances:

  • Sept. 13, 14. Masterworks: Dvorak, Stravinsky and Brahms.
  • Sept. 21, 22. Opera: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
  • Oct. 6. Learning: Dayton Ballet Studio Ensemble: Momentum.
  • Oct. 18, 19, 20. Ballet: Coppelia
  • Oct. 26. Rockin’ Orchestra: Don’t Stop Believin’: The Music of Journey
  • Oct. 27. Family: PhilharMonster
  • Oct. 30. Learning: Young People’s Concert: Pure Imagination
  • Nov. 2. SuperPops: Broadway By Request
  • Nov. 8, 9. Masterworks: Beethoven, London and a World Premiere
  • Nov. 22, 23. Special Event: Elf in Concert
  • Nov. 24. Learning: DPYO Winter Concert
  • Dec. 6, 8. Opera-Family: Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Dec. 7. SuperPops: Hometown Holidays
  • Dec. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22. Ballet: The Nutcracker
  • Dec. 18. Special Event: Handel’s Messiah
  • Jan. 31, Feb. 1. SuperPops: The Music of Tony Bennett
  • Feb. 2. Opera: Three Tenors, Encore!
  • Feb. 14, 15, 16. Ballet - Family: Cinderella
  • Feb. 25, 26, 27. Learning: Magic Carpet Concerts: BUGS!!
  • Feb. 22. SuperPops: Hollywood Hits
  • March 8. Rockin’ Orchestra: Twist and Shout: The Music of the Beatles
  • March 14, 15. Masterworks: Requiem
  • March 16. Family: DPYO: It’s a World of Dance
  • April 4, 6. Opera - Masterworks: Verdi’s Aida
  • April 25, 26. Masterworks: Dvorak’s Cello Concerto
  • April 30. Learning: Young People’s Concert: The Orchestra Moves
  • May 3. SuperPops: Ann Hampton Callaway
  • May 4. Learning: DPYO Spring Concert
  • May 9, 10, 11. Ballet: Pointes of View
  • May 10. Learning: Dayton Ballet School Concert
  • May 25. Special Event: Memorial Day Celebration Concert
  • June 7. Rockin’ Orchestra
  • June 13, 14. Masterworks: Saint-Saens’s Organ Symphony                                                                                    
Renee Wilde is an award-winning independent public radio producer, podcast host, and hobby farmer living in the hinterlands of southwestern Ohio.