Founded in 1933, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has a distinguished place in the Gem City’s history as one of the Miami Valley’s oldest and longest standing cultural institutions. The Dayton Philharmonic is a regional orchestra with 83 contracted musicians. Today, rich in artistic tradition, the Orchestra is proud to call the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center its home. The Schuster Center is a world-class, state-of-the-art performance hall that regularly attracts a great number of arts aficionados from all corners of Ohio and the nation.
Music Director Neal Gittleman inspires each listener’s imagination with his unique programming, in-depth comments, easy-going style and infectious enthusiasm for music. His focus is to make symphonic music readily available, as well as appreciated, by all musical tastes. Under his direction, the Orchestra has received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music eight times. Maestro Gittleman continues to bring breakthrough programming to the Dayton Philharmonic. His tenure has seen the addition of four new subscription series: Classical Connections, a beginner’s guide to better understanding of classical music and the Family Series, four concerts designed so that kids of all ages can experience the wonders of classical music. In addition, new this season: the Rockin’ Orchestra Series at the Schuster Center and Symphony Sundaes at the Masonic Center. Under Gittleman, the Dayton Philharmonic has also expanded and diversified its non-subscription special event program offerings including a wide range of innovative Special Events.
Neal Gittleman has been on the Dayton Philharmonic podium since September 1995. He continues to broaden the Orchestra’s repertoire with more 20th century compositions and additional variety in programming. With Maestro Gittleman at the helm, the Orchestra continues to enjoy renewed community support and increased artistic vision. He has introduced a number of world, American and Dayton Philharmonic premieres and has expanded performance collaboration within Dayton’s arts 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.