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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