“The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance has announced that the Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman has charted a five-year course for his retirement from the philharmonic in 2027,” writes Daniel Susco in Tuesday’s (5/10) Dayton Daily News (OH). “Gittleman plans to continue to lead on the orchestra’s programming and performances, but said he decided on a five-year retirement window to create a smooth transition while still rebuilding the philharmonic’s performance offerings to pre-COVID-19 levels…. ‘I understand how critical it is to have succession planning in place within our performing arts organization,’ Gittleman said…. At the end of this season, Gittleman will celebrate 27 years leading the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and will have been director for 32 years at the end of the five years. During that time, he was awarded the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio for Community Development and Participation, while the orchestra nine times received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. DPAA President and CEO Patrick J. Nugent called Gittleman a ‘pillar and an anchor in the Dayton arts community.’… Meanwhile, the DPAA Board will begin a national search for Gittleman’s successor.”