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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Perform Spring Concert at Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church on March 22



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DAYTON, OH (March 4, 2015) The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings, conducted by Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, will present their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road in Dayton. This season the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings (DPYS) comprises 62 students in grades 6 through 12, chosen by audition from 27 schools throughout the Miami Valley.  The Youth Strings is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

This year’s spring concert is entirely made up of music inspired by dance. The program opens with Suite of Nations, Modern and Ancient by Georg Philipp Telemann, which has a French Overture, as well as minuets, allemandes and dances evocative of Denmark and Sweden.  The program continues with Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, which includes both the rollicking "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and the charming, fleet of foot "Anitra's Dance," both of which are infused with the rich, sombre hues of northern Scandinavia.  The Youth Strings then performs a collection of Bela Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, which exhibit influences from Romania, Hungary and the Middle East with their primitive modal melodies. Bartok's harmonization adds zesty 20th-century spice to this energetic, crowd-pleasing collection. Rounding out the program is Leonard Bernstein's asymmetrical Waltz from his Divertimento for Orchestra, composed with 7 beats to each bar. Melodically it sounds as if it was lifted from West Side Story--earnestly romantic, with lilting pathos.

“This program is stretching these young musicians rhythmically, with pieces in mixed meters as well as the unusual time signature of 7/8 in the Bernstein piece,” says Conductor Dr. Betsey Hofeldt.  “Playing music from the Baroque and Romantic periods all the way to Bernstein's work from 1980 has broadened their understanding of style, and through this process has given them a glimpse into the vast diversity within classical music.”

DPYS musicians are selected by audition, and this year’s musicians attend the following area schools or are home-schooled: Beavercreek High School, Bishop Leibold East School, Centerville High School, Chaminade-Julienne High School, DeColores Montessori School (Greenville), Fairmont High School, Greenville Junior High School, Greenville High School, Hadley Watts Middle School, Harman Elementary School, Incarnation School, Jacob Coy Middle School, Kettering Middle School, Magsig Middle School, Miami Valley School, Middletown Christian School, Montessori School of Dayton, Northmont High School, Oakwood Junior High and High School, River’s Edge Montessori School, Springboro Junior High and High School, Tower Heights Middle School, Tri-County North Middle School, Troy High School, Van Buren Middle School, Weller Elementary School, and Stivers School for the Arts.

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Concert is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the concert at the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings
Established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the mission of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings is to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grades 6 through 12. The Youth Strings consists of 62 students representing 27 different schools from the Greater Dayton area.  Students in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing winter and spring concerts, the Youth Strings often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Conductor
Dr. Betsey Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers were Naoka Tanaka and Won Bin Yim. Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to coming to the DPO, Dr. Hofeldt performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony. Since 1991, she has performed as a member of the Hofeldt-Phillips Trio throughout the Miami Valley. Dr. Hofeldt is on the faculty of Wittenberg University as a violin and viola instructor and maintains a private studio in Oakwood.

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also 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.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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