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Magic Circle Mime Company Brings Magic and Merriment to the Mead Theatre Stage of the Schuster Center to Music Performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org 

DAYTON, OH (February 28, 2016) – On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present The Listener: Magic Circle Mime Company with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the third and final concert in Dayton Power & Light Foundation’s 2015–2016 Family Concert Series. The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will provide the music for this unique concert experience, which unites the philharmonic orchestra with imaginative and captivating visual theater. The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is proudly sponsored by First Financial Bank.

In the dramatic storyline of "The Listener," the conductor has prepared a program of music from various artistic disciplines but finds his efforts complicated by the unexpected participation of two audience members. Musical challenges between bugle and trumpet and tap dancing to ballet music are just part of the action, as these two characters and the audience learn about the orchestra, its music, and the art of listening.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says of this magical concert experience, "Many emotions are experienced at a symphony concert, but wonderment is seldom one of them. It was as if everyone in the audience had created the magic himself."

"The Listener," which received the Washington State Arts Commission's highest rating for quality, introduces young audiences to the workings of a concert orchestra and explores the active relationship between the listening audience and the musician. The art of listening requires talent and training. "The Listener" establishes this important concept through humor, drama, and dance, leaving the audience appreciating their own abilities as well as those of the orchestra. 

Concertgoers are invited to come early at 2:00 pm for pre-concert fun activities in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, including an instrument petting zoo, a craft table, and a scavenger hunt.

Tickets for The Listener are $22 for adults and $12 for students and children and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information on this concert or on other upcoming performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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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 by 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 18th 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 16th 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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