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Dayton, Ohio (January 20, 2009) – On Tuesday, February 3, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the DPO’s Young People’s Concert, Rhythms of Africa. The DPO specifically designed this concert for school-age audiences and planned it to link to Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum.

The distinctive sounds of African rhythms have greatly influenced many symphonic composers. Students will hear authentic African drummers and music and will learn to hear elements of this traditional music in the wide variety of orchestral works performed at this concert. At 9:30 am and 11:10 am at the Schuster Center, the DPO will welcome Drums for Peace, with Baba Charles Miller and Charles Schweitzer. The DPO will begin the concert with an excerpt from Johnson’s Drums, an African Drumming Demonstration, excerpts from Still’s Sadhji, African Songs, Akpabot’s Nigerian Dance No. 1, a Kalimba Demonstration, and the first movement from Ellington’s Three Black Kings. The concert concludes with Reich’s Clapping Music, Sierra’s Let’s Do a Symphony: We’ve Got Rhythm, and Johnson’s Drums.

It’s one of the DPO’s longest-standing traditions. The DPO plans these concerts to integrate with classroom curriculum. Teachers receive a study guide and a CD of concert excerpts. Study guides are also available at http://www.daytonphilharmonic.com/education/fieldtrip/grades3to6. At no charge, docents (if available) visit the various schools to prepare students for the concert.

Tickets: Subscription (All 3 Young People’s Concerts) $13.50 per seat
Single Concert; $4.75 per seat

For photographs, go to: http://www.daytonphilharmonic.com/08-09/mediaaccess