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DPO Youth Orchestra Spring Concert Celebrates 75 Years as the Third Oldest in the U.S.

DAYTON, OH (April 11, 2013) – Spring is finally in the air and so will be the beautiful music of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as they present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Schuster Center. This final concert of the season celebrates the 75th anniversary of the DPYO.
“This concert marks the celebration of our 75th anniversary,” said Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Conductor of the DPYO and Assistant Conductor of the DPO. “We're proud of our position as the third oldest youth orchestra program in the country and proud to be part of a Dayton Philharmonic tradition of excellence in education.”

Reynolds chose musical selections to honor the leaders, teachers and past and current musicians of the DPYO. The opening selection is the Overture from Candide by the great American composer, conductor, musician and teacher Leonard Bernstein. Next is active American composer Steven Bryant’s deeply reflective work “Dusk,” followed by Antonin Dvorak’s much-played, much-loved masterpiece Symphony No. 9 "From the New World.”

“These dedicated students rehearse 3 hours every Sunday during the school year in addition to taking private lessons, rehearsing on their own and participating in their school band and orchestra programs,” said Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Education Director Gloria Pugh. “We welcome former DPYO members as well as the private and public school teachers to help us celebrate this landmark 75th season.”

Tickets are $6.00 at the door or reserve by calling (937) 224-3521, ext. 1136. The concert is open seating.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s education programs encompass three classic performing art forms – ballet, opera and orchestra – with programs designed for grades K through 12 and into college. From experiencing live performances in classrooms and theatres, individual participation in a youth orchestra or ballet company to vocal, dance and musician competitions or auditions, the arts has opportunities for students of all ages. 


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 by 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.



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