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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to Perform Winter Concert at Schuster Center on December 11



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 
DAYTON, OH (November 22, 2016) - On Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO) will present its annual Winter Concert at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. This is the first concert in the 79th season of the DPYO, founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, with an astounding 104 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. Leadership Sponsor for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Series is First Financial Bank. 

This year’s Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is by far one of the largest groups of young musicians that the orchestra has had in the last several years. “We’re proud to enter our 79th season with one of the largest and most talented groups of young musicians we have ever brought together,” said Conductor Patrick Reynolds. “DPYO is an extraordinary organization that reflects the excellent private lesson and school music program instruction available in our region.” 

The DPYO begins their Winter Concert, and their 2016-2017 season, with a thrilling opening piece as they present Hector Berlioz’s pulsating  “Hungarian March” (“Rákóczi”) from The Damnation of Faust. 

The afternoon continues with a beautiful piece from Czech composer Bedrich Smetana.  Smetana wrote a set of six symphonic poems entitled Má vlast, meaning “my homeland.”  The second of these poems is “The Moldau,” a tone poem that evokes the flow of the Vltava River—or, in German, the Moldau—from its source in the mountains of the Bohemian Forest, through the Czech countryside, to the city of Prague. A devoutly patriotic work, “The Moldau” captures in music Smetana’s love of his homeland. 

Next, the DYPO performs contemporary American composer Steven Bryant’s melodic “Dusk,” a lovely piece that is both reflective and dramatic in nature.  Bryant says of his compositions, "I strive to write music that leaps off the stage to grab you by the collar and pull you in. Whether through a relentless eruption of energy, or the intensity of quiet contemplation, I want my music to give you no choice, and no other desire, but to listen." 

The program concludes with a celebration of the great American composer Aaron Copland, one of the most accomplished and respected composers of the twentieth century.  Perhaps his most recognizable work is the score he wrote for the famous ballet Rodeo, a nostalgic piece of Americana that premiered in 1942. The DPYO will present four dance episodes from Rodeo, which provide a vivid depiction of life in the old West, with segments including “Buckaroo Holiday,” “Corral Nocturne,” “Saturday Night Waltz,” and “Hoe-down.”
Tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert are $8.00.  They 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 DYPO Winter Concert is open seating. 

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 104 members from 31 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 19th 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 17th 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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