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Sunday, May 18, 3 pm concert at the Schuster Center features Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra with guest violinist Aurelian Oprea

On Sunday, May 18 at 3 pm in the Schuster Center, Patrick Reynolds, DPO Assistant Conductor and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra leads the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in a concert program that celebrates the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary.

The concert consists of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto, and Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2. DPO Associate Concertmaster Aurelian Oprea will perform the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto.

In 1937, four years after founding the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Katz formed the Dayton Philharmonic Training Orchestra to provide local students with the opportunity to perform substantial orchestral works and, for some, to prepare to join professional orchestras. In 1968, the group’s name changed to the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and it grew to over 100 musicians. The DPYO celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special trip to New York City and a performance at Carnegie Hall. In 2000, DPO Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds became the new conductor for the Youth Orchestra.

This season, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra celebrates its 70th Anniversary, proud of the fact that it is one of the oldest youth orchestras in the United States.

“The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to support the talented young musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra,” DPO Education Director Gloria Pugh states. “This dedicated group consistently presents concerts that are exciting and inspiring. I encourage anyone who has not had the privilege to hear the DPYO perform to attend the May 18 celebration concert. It will be an exhilarating afternoon.”

Tickets: $5.00 at the door, or to order tickets call the DPO Education Department (937) 224-3521, x-136.