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Aliens Are About to Arrive in the Gem City as the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Magic Circle Mime Company Present Orchestra from Planet X

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
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DAYTON, OH (March 1, 2018)On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present the third and final concert in the 2017–2018 Dayton Power & Light Foundation Family Series, Orchestra from Planet X. The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will provide the music for this unique concert experience, which unites the Youth Orchestra with imaginative and captivating visual theater. The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is proudly sponsored by First Financial Bank. 

In addition to being the Family Series Sponsor for 2017–2018, DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2017-2018 The Great Ones Season is also the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

This month, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra invites Magic Circle Mime Company to the Schuster Center to find out what happens when musical worlds collide. Magic Circle Mime Company is regarded as one of today’s premier family attractions. Its highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. 

So what does happen when musical worlds collide? This is the question the conductor poses to the audience in this program tracing the influences of the New World on European orchestral tradition. But there are musical influences afoot of which the conductor is not aware. Two aliens have descended on the concert hall with their own ideas—and inventions—for influencing "Earth Music". The result is a concert program that brings important musical concepts to life in a sci-fi thriller featuring an outstanding program of American composers and New World music. 

What happens when aliens land on Earth? What do they think of Earth music? What does alien music sound like? To answer these questions, Magic Circle performers and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra explore various musical works by favorite American composers. The program will feature music including Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Hymn” and “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo, Leroy Anderson’s “The Typewriter Song,” John Williams’s “Flying Theme” from E.T., and Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.” 

This program shows young audience members that music is written to represent all elements of everyday life. Your family will leave the Schuster and begin looking for the music in your everyday world!  These aliens want to be taken to our American musical leaders. . . . Join them on the journey!

Tickets for Orchestra from Planet X are $22 for adults and $14 for children and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 97 members from 28 area schools and homeschools 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 20th 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 19th 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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