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DPO Performs "Musical Postcards from America" in Concerts to Connect with Students

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON OH (October 22, 2013) – On Tuesday, November 12 at 9:30 am and 11:20  am in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Musical Postcards from America, the first concert in the DPO’s 2013-2014 Young People’s Concert Series.

One of the DPO’s longest-standing traditions, these concerts give students the opportunity to hear the exciting sounds of a full orchestra in the acoustically perfect Schuster Center. Students also learn how music connects to many areas of their classroom curriculum. Teachers receive a study guide and a CD of concert excerpts. At no charge, docents (if available) visit area schools to prepare students for the concert.

"The Postcards program is one of my favorite Young Peoples Concerts,” said Reynolds. “I love the way music connects us over time and over great distances. Postcards are another -- though perhaps old-fashioned -- way of connecting people, and I like the idea that these composers are sending the listeners a musical postcard."

DPO Young Artists Competition Winner cellist Matthew Shin will join the DPO to perform the first movement of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. A senior at Centerville High School, Shin is principal cellist of the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the direction of Professor Kurt Sassmannshaus. He studies with Alan Rafferty, cellist in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  Previously, he studied with Andra Padrichelli, principal cellist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He plans to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance in the fall of 2014.

The patriotic program includes The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, the first movement of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Grofe’s On the Trail from Grand Canyon Suite, Copland’s Hoe-down from the Rodeo ballet and Ives’ Variations on America.

Tickets are available for only for $5 per seat. To reserve seats, call the DPO Education Department: 937-224-3521, ext. 1136. Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Music and Social Studies


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 proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  

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