DAYTON, OH (November 22, 2021) – On Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO) returns to present a sparkling Winter Concert at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. This season marks the 84th season of the DPYO, founded in 1937 by Paul Katz and now under the direction of Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 77 talented young musicians from 24 area schools and homeschools. 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.

This winter concert opens with a work entitled Loco-motion, composed by Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s former Composer-in-Residence Stella Sung. The afternoon continues with contemporary composer Steven Bryant’s “Dusk,” a simple, chorale-like work that captures the reflective calm of dusk, paradoxically illuminated by the fiery hues of sunset. The DPYO then turns to the exquisite operatic music of Georges Bizet with Suites No. 1 and No. 2 from his beloved Carmen. Finally, the concert closes with Danzón No. 2 from Arturo Márquez, one of the most influential Mexican classical composers of all time. Fitting, then, that Danzón No. 2 is one of the most popular and most performed works in the classical repertoire today.

Safety Protocols
The DPAA is excited to welcome audiences back to the 2021–2022 Season. The health and safety of patrons, performers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Beginning November 22, 2021, in partnership with DPAA’s venue partner Dayton Live, the following new health and safety protocols will be in place at all performances and events until further notice:

  • Vaccination and Testing – Proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing will no longer be required to attend performances at Dayton Live venues, including the Schuster Center and the Victoria Theatre.
  • Masks – Masks will be required for all patrons over the age of 6 during the entire visit while attending a DPAA performance or event. Mask must cover both nose and mouth.

Tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert are $14 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 937-228-3630 or by visiting https://daytonperformingarts.org/stream/dayton-philharmonic-youth-orchestra-winter-concert/.

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Conductor
The conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Dr. Patrick Reynolds, is celebrating his 21st year on the DPYO podium. He is the second longest serving conductor of the DPYO in its 84-year history. As leader of the youth orchestra, he serves as a mentor to gifted young musicians from throughout our region.

Dr. Reynolds also serves as Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, regularly conducting SuperPops, Rock and Educational concerts. An enthusiastic proponent of educational programming for orchestras, each season he leads the DPO in Magic Carpet and Young People’s Concerts, reaching thousands of young students across the Dayton metropolitan area. Additionally, he has conducted Dayton Opera productions of Verdi’s La Traviata, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and Puccini’s La bohème.

Dr. Reynolds is a Professor of Music on the faculty of the University of Dayton and was the recipient of the University’s 2020 Faculty Award in Teaching. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music.

He is married to Sonya Szabo-Reynolds, a pianist, Czech music specialist, and respected piano pedagogue.

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) 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 greater Dayton community, with a mission to be the community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music. The vision of the DPAA is to transform lives through the power of music and dance. The DPAA offers a wide variety of performance and education programs, setting a new standard for artistic excellence. DPAA performances reach an audience of more than 90,000 people annually, and their rich arts education programming serves over 60,000 schoolchildren in 150 schools in the Miami Valley. These performances and education initiatives are made possible in part through major support provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the National Endowment for the Arts.