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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to Perform Spring Concert at Schuster Center on May 7



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DAYTON, OH (April 12, 2017) - On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO) will present its annual Spring Concert at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. This is the final concert in the 79th season of the DPYO, founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, with an astounding 105 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 with additional support from the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. 

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 have all enjoyed 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 lessons and school music program instruction available in our region.” 

The DPYO opens their Spring Concert with a lively composition by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier, written in 1883 after Chabrier’s visit to the beautiful countryside of neighboring Spain and appropriately titled España. “This rhapsody captures the color and excitement of the Andalusian music he heard, and it reveals Chabrier's imaginative flair for instrumentation.” (John Henken, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

The afternoon continues with perhaps the most famous waltz ever written–On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II. This glorious composition has firmly established its place as Austria’s second national anthem, and it traditionally serves as the closing piece to many New Year’s Eve concerts, including those of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In musical contrast, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will then have some dizzying and spooky fun with Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, sometimes also called Night on Bare Mountain, which may sound very familiar if one has had the joy of watching the Disney film Fantasia through to one of the ending scenes.       

The program concludes with a return to a Latin-inspired piece of music, written in 1994 by contemporary Mexican composer Arturo Márquez and entitled Danzón No. 2. The danzón is the official musical genre of Cuba, originating in the Cuban habanera, and has become a popular form of music in Márquez’s home country of Mexico since the early 1990s. A danzón is typically a couples’ dance and is often both compared to and contrasted with the tango, highlighting both the passion and the elegance of the Latin community.  As On the Beautiful Blue Danube is to Austria, Danzón No. 2 has occasionally been referred to as the second national anthem of Mexico. 

Tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring 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 Spring Concert is open seating. 

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 105 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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