Listen to ‘Holidays in the Heartland’ on Dayton Public Radio this Thanksgiving

Holidays in the Heartland stage

Wright State’s “Holidays in the Heartland” concert, , organized by the School of Music, will be rebroadcast by Dayton Public Radio on Thanksgiving.

Wright State’s popular “Holidays in the Heartland” concert will be rebroadcast by Dayton Public Radio on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m.

The concert, organized by the School of Music, can be heard locally on 88.1 FM or 89.9 FM and online at

A Miami Valley tradition for nearly 20 years, “Holidays in the Heartland” was presented Nov. 2 in the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.

The concert kicked off the holiday season, honored veterans and remembered World War I, as part of “A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War,” a yearlong project organized by Wright State’s Ohio Center of Excellence in Collaborative Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA).

The centerpiece of “Holidays in the Heartland” was a selection of popular songs and classical music from World War I interspersed with commentary from Paul Lockhart, Ph.D., professor of history and CELIA Senior Fellow.

The concert also included a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Trio” by music faculty members; Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” by the Wright State Chamber Orchestra; and songs from the American Revolution, the Civil War and the end of the 19th century, as well as patriotic tunes honoring military veterans.

The concert featured Wright State’s nationally recognized choirs, the Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, and the Kettering Children’s Choir. Shaun Yu, president and CEO of Dayton Public Radio, hosted the concert.

“Holidays in the Heartland” was presented by CELIA, the School of Music and the College of Liberal Arts and sponsored by Dayton Public Radio.

More programs in “A Long, Long Way”

“A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War” features several other major events in 2015:
• March 9–14: Distinguished Visiting Artist Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra
• March 13–14: Britten’s “War Requiem,” with guest conductor Keith Lockhart, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Wright State Choirs, Kettering Children’s Chorus and guest soloists
• April 24: “Poetry and Music Concert,” classical music inspired by World War I

View the complete schedule at

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