Excursions

Weekdays, noon-3pm

Like the name suggests, Excursions is a daily journey across musical genres and eras.  Niki Dakota guides listeners through a broad cross-section of the newest music from Ohio, around the world, and everything in between while also spending time with beloved classic tunes.  Each day is an adventure and on Wednesdays, you'll hear the fresh tunes from great artists new and old during the noon hour.  Play for fun and prizes on Thursday Threads, and you can put a song on the playlist every Friday when we spin theme tunes.

The three organizations that make up the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are collaborating on a presentation of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.  Singers from Dayton Opera will be accompanied by music from the Dayton Philharmonic and dance from the Dayton Ballet.  Members of the cast and crew visited the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming performance and share some musical previews on Excursions.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's presentation of The Pearl Fishers is onstage at the Schuster Center April 17th and 19th.

Nasty Bingo return to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their Yellow Springs performance.  The band talked with Music Director Niki Dakota about the origin of their name, their recording project and more.

Nasty Bingo will performance at the Emporium in Yellow Springs on Friday, March 27th.

Wright State University

As Wright State University's Creative Arts Center undergoes a renovation, the College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 16th annual Arts Gala.  The event showcases the work of students majoring in the fine and performing arts, and several of those students along with Jennie Buckwalter, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, visited the WYSO studios to chat with music director Niki Dakota.

Wright State University's Arts Gala is Saturday, March 28th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The timeless story of Peter Pan will be coming to the Schuster Center in a combined presentation by Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic.  Conductor Neil Gittleman and artistic director Karen Russo Burke joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the staging of Peter Pan and shared some of the musical score.

Peter Pan is March 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. 

Dayton Does Dayton is a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  Each evening features full bands as well as a songwriters in the round session.  Solo performer Janet Ogg and full band Winchester Grey, visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Jordan Hull returns to the WYSO studios after relocating to Nashville to share new songs as well as some odes to his hometown in a live set on Excursions. 

Jordan Hull will perform as part of Dayton Does Dayton, March 13th and 14th, at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Warshful is one of over 30 performers participating in Dayton Does Dayton, a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Having recently performed on NBC's The Voice, local singer Jess Gallo is back in her hometown and visited the WYSO studios to perform with Seth Gilliam.  Gallo and Gilliam talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their musical collaboration, upcoming gigs and more.

Jess Gallo will perform as part of Dayton Does Dayton, march 13 and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

This weekend, the Dayton Philharmonic will present Benjamin Britten's War Requiem conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops Orchestra.  The concert is a collaboration between the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and Wright State University's center for Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) and will serve as a capstone WSU's year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of WWI.  Dr. Paul Lockhart, a WSU history professor and Keith Lockhart's brother, will present a pre-concert lecture about the historic aspect of War Requiem.

Jennifer Taylor

Dayton Does Dayton is a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  Each evening features full bands as well as a songwriters in the round session.  Full band DC Connection and songwriter Daniel White, visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

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