Thursday, November 18, 2010


Verd and Gini Stuckey with Julie Strait of DCCA
Verd and Gini Stuckey have donated funds in the name of their daughter, Ami McClurkin, sponsoring the upcoming December 11 performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Darke County Center for the Arts presents an orchestral performance annually as part of its artists series; according to the Stuckey’s, Ami enjoys all of the performances but the orchestra is her favorite. Julie Strait, DCCA’s Executive Director stated, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to have the support of individuals who recognize the value of the performing arts and who choose to give of their personal funds to help make the programs accessible and more affordable. Their donation provides folks in our community the opportunity to experience the beauty of live performances in our beautiful and acoustically excellent St. Clair Memorial Hall,” she concluded.

Dayton Philharmonic’s 50-member choir and 25-member orchestra will fill the stage at St. Clair Memorial Hall when they present the most beloved oratorio of all time. Handel’s Messiah personifies the true spirit of the Christmas season in its entirety, with a program lasting three-hours in length. The concert begins at 7:00 pm, one hour earlier than normal start time in order to accommodate the longer program.

Tickets for the Messiah cost $30 for adults and $15 for students; good seats are still available. To order, contact DCCA at or call 937-547-0908. Tickets will also be sold at the door if any remain by showtime.

Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Greenville Federal are also sponsors of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus’s performance. Additionally, operating support is provided by the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Fund as well as the Ohio Arts Council which helps fund Darke County Center for the Arts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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