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Composed of students from 28 Greater Dayton Area schools, DPYO presents music that spans the continent of Europe

On December 4 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center, Patrick Reynolds – Assistant Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra – will lead the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in a program that will showcase the talents and musical abilities of some of the area’s best young musicians.

Donning the second hat he wears as conductor of the DPYO, Reynolds will act as tour guide for the audience, as the 100 members of the DPYO – all from 28 Greater Dayton Area schools – play the works of some of Europe’s finest composers.

The first stop is in France, for Georges Bizet’s Prelude and Farandole from l’Arlesienne Suite. Then, it’s across the water to England, for Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12 and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Greensleeves. After both orchestra and audience catch their breath at intermission, the trip continues on to Bohemia, for Antonin Dvo?ák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.

“The DPYO is an orchestra that our entire region can be proud of,” Reynolds states. “Its high quality says tremendous things about the state of music education in the Greater Dayton Area.”

Later in December, Reynolds switches hats once again, this time to conduct the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Bank One SuperPops Series concert featuring Celtic vocal/instrumental ensemble Cherish the Ladies on the 9th and 10th at the Schuster and Dancing through Time, the Demirjian Chamber Orchestra Series concert at the Victoria Theatre on the 16th.