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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to Perform Spring Concert at Schuster Center on April 25



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x 1138
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DAYTON, OH (April 9, 2015) - On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. This is the third concert in the 77th season of the DPYO, founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, with 87 student musicians performing under the direction of Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
The inspiration for this spring concert is dance, with exploration of musical dance styles from Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, and the United States.  This exciting spring program will open with “Dance of the Comedians” from the comedic opera The Bartered Bride by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, a piece considered to have had a significant contribution to the development of Czech music over the last two centuries.  The concert continues with a gorgeous Viennese waltz by Johann Strauss II entitled “Emperor Waltz, op. 437,” with a central, majestic tune that has inspired many to dance this beautiful waltz since its composition in 1888.  The DPYO then brings us back to the U.S. to shine the spotlight on composer Aaron Copland with a suite from the famous ballet Billy the Kid, one of Copland’s most popular and widely performed pieces, detailing the well-known story of pioneers, outlaws and life in the wild, wild west. The performance ends with a visit to Spain as DPYO performs “The Final Dance” from The Three-Cornered Hat, a romantic ballet inspired by Spanish dance styles rather than classical ballet.  This ballet was written by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and first produced in 1917 with original set design and costumes by another famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.

“This concert will make a brilliant finish to the DPYO’s 77th anniversary season,” said Conductor Patrick Reynolds.  “It is a virtuoso program covering quite a wide selection of dance styles that will showcase the extraordinarily talented members of our youth orchestra.”

Tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert are $8.00. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert, or they can be reserved ahead of time by calling Ellen Bagley at (937) 224-3521, ext. 1136. The DPYO Spring Concert is open seating.

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 87 members from 28 area schools and is under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Reynolds. The orchestra brings together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestra musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences. Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the DPYO is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestras.

The DPYO performs 3 concerts each season and was invited to perform at the 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2014 Ohio Music Education Association conferences. The DPYO also appears regularly on the DPO Family Concert Series.

DPYO is supported by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. The DPYO is affiliated with the Youth Orchestra Division of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Conductor
Now in his 17th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Patrick Reynolds conducts over two dozen performances with the DPO each season, including Magic Carpet, SPARK – School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids – and Young People's concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area. In addition, he has conducted the DPO in Classical and Chamber subscription concerts, as well as Pops and summer concerts. Reynolds is in his 15th season as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Modesto (CA), Annapolis (MD), Arlington (VA), Queens (NY) and High Mountain (NJ) symphony orchestras and the Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Patrick Reynolds earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music. He is an Associate Professor of Music on the faculty of the University of Dayton.

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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