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DAYTON OH (February 14, 2013) – On Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra present Orchestra from Planet X, the second concert in the 2012-2013 Imagine Season DP&L Foundation Family Series.

What happens when musical worlds collide? That is the question Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Conductor Patrick Reynolds 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 Patrick is not aware. Aliens – members of guest performance troupe Magic Circle Mime Company -- have descended on the Mead Theatre with their own ideas for influencing "Earth Music". The result is a concert program that brings important musical concepts to life in this sci-fi thriller.

Magic Circle Mime Company is regarded worldwide 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. The company has performed with over 73 American and 29 international orchestras.

“The DPYO looks forward to working with these guest performers,” said Reynolds. “The program is wonderfully diverse with exciting percussion parts and some of the most challenging repertoire we've ever put together for a Family Series concert. We began working on this music during our weekend campout at Camp Kern, an intensive retreat during which we rehearse for many hours but also have lots of time for fun. It's a great bonding time for the youth orchestra and extremely valuable for learning the repertoire for this concert.”

This outstanding family program features familiar musical selections from some of the most well-known American composers including Aaron Copland, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Morton Gould, Leroy Anderson, Scott Joplin and John Williams plus New World music.

Ticket prices are $12 for students, $17 for seniors and $19 for adults and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at


About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 102 members from 24 area schools and is under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Reynolds. 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. Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the DPYO is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestras.

The DPYO performs 3 concerts each season and was invited to perform at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Ohio Music Education Association conferences. The DPYO also appears regularly on the DPO Family Concert Series.

DPYO is supported by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and  the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. The DPYO is affiliated with the Youth Orchestra Division of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

About the Conductor

Now in his 15th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Patrick Reynolds conducts over two-dozen performances with the DPO each season, including Magic Carpet, SPARK – School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids – and Young People's concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area.
In addition he has conducted the DPO in Classical and Chamber subscription concerts, as well as Pops and summer concerts. Reynolds is in his 13th season as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Modesto (CA), Annapolis (MD), Arlington (VA), Queens (NY) and High Mountain (NJ) symphony orchestras, and the Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Patrick Reynolds earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music. He is an Associate Professor of Music on the faculty of the University of Dayton.

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 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 community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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