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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Will Perform Spring Concert at Dayton Masonic Center


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DAYTON OH -- (February 25, 2014) The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings, conducted by Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, will present their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7: 00 pm in the magnificent auditorium at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W Riverview Avenue, highlighting its grand pipe organ. This season the DPYS comprises 68 students in grades six through twelve, the largest in its history, from 30 area schools.

The program will open with Vivaldi's Concerto for 4 Violins, featuring the four co-concertmasters and principal players as soloists. A sparkling Divertimento in C from Mozart's teenage years will follow. Written during a visit to Italy, operatic influences can be heard in its plaintive, undulating slow movement. The richly romantic Adagio for strings and organ by Giazotto will exploit the grand sounds of the Masonic's Skinner organ. This piece has become famous in recent years in the sound tracks of movies and TV shows. One of Grieg's masterworks for string orchestra, the Holberg Suite, will close the program. Neo Baroque musical forms combine with lush, thick orchestration and folk inspired melodies in this seminal work for string orchestra, evoking images of Arctic natural wonders as well as trolls and dwarves.

DPYS musicians attend the following schools or are home-schooled: Beavercreek High School, Centerville High School, Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton Christian School, DeColores Montessori School (Greenville), Fairfield High School, Fairmont High School, Ferguson Middle School, Franklin Junior High School, Greenville High School, Greenville Junior High School, Hadley Watts Middle School, Harman Elementary, Incarnation School, Jacob Coy Middle School, Kettering Middle School, Lehman Catholic (Sidney) High School, Magsig Middle School, Miami Valley School, Northmont High School, Oakwood High School, Oakwood Junior High School, Sidney High School, Springboro High School, Springboro Junior High School, St. Patrick School (Troy), Stivers School for the Arts, Tipp City High School, Tri-County North Middle School, and Troy High School.

Established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the mission of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings is to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students. Rehearsals are every Sunday and the musicians perform a Fall and Spring concert as well as additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events. Membership in the orchestra is through competitive audition.


About the Conductor

Dr. Betsey Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin perform from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers were Naoka Tanaka and Won Bin Yim.

Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to coming to the DPO, Dr. Hofeldt performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony. Since 1991, Betsey has performed as a member of the Hofeldt-Phillips Trio throughout the Miami Valley. Betsey is on the faculty of Wittenberg University as a violin and viola instructor and maintains a private studio in Oakwood.

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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