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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to perform with St. Stephan’s Youth Orchestra from Augsburg, Germany to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Dayton-Augsburg Sister City Relationship 


Angela Whitehead
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DAYTON, OH (June 23, 2014) – On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 12:00 noon in the University of Dayton Kennedy Union Ballroom, The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will participate in the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Dayton, Ohio-Augsburg, Germany Sister City relationship by performing with members of the St. Stephan's Youth Orchestra from Augsburg, Germany.  The 85-member St. Stephan’s Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Dr. Ulrich Graba, will be joined by 40 members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Dr. Patrick Reynolds, in an afternoon of celebration of this unique relationship between these two cities.

The Dayton Sister City Committee was created by the Dayton City Commission in 1964 with the goal of promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.  Established the same year, Augsburg, Germany was the first Sister City of Dayton.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of this relationship.  During this time, the committee has engaged in adult professional and tourist exchanges, as well as youth immersion exchanges. 

The St. Stephan’s Youth Orchestra will open the concert performing works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, and will be joined by the DPYO members for four selections: Johann Strauss’s Emperor Waltz, Thunder and Lightning Polka, and Radetzky March; and John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.

“We are thrilled to host the St. Stephan’s Youth Orchestra in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Dayton-Augsburg Sister City relationship,” says DPYO conductor Patrick Reynolds. “All of us are looking forward to the rewarding musical collaboration, as well as the opportunity to socialize with our guests during their stay in Dayton.”

About the St. Stephan’s Youth Symphony Orchestra

The St. Stephan's Youth Symphony Orchestra has won several awards, including the highest prize at the German Orchestral Competition 2008. The previous year, the Munich Radio Orchestra offered an ongoing partnership in appreciation of the outstanding achievements of the school’s orchestra. In 2009, the orchestra won the German Youth Orchestra Competition of Jeunesses Musicales.

Apart from concert tours to Poland and Rome, the orchestra has toured the US eleven times. The influence of the Benedictine monks who are closely linked to the school’s history and present has distinctively shaped our musical tradition. On the occasion of their Millennial Jubilee in Augsburg in 2012, the orchestra toured Europe, retracing the steps of the Benedictine monks in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria.  This summer’s tour is the twelfth US tour of the orchestra. Among the concert locations will be Augsburg’s sister city Dayton, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO)

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Reynolds, 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 three concerts each season and was invited to perform at the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2014 Ohio Music Education Association conferences.  The DPYO also appears regularly on the Dayton Philharmonic's DP&L Family Concert Series, which has included collaborations with Cirque de la Symphonie, Zoot Theatre, the Dayton Ballet II Senior Company, performance artist Dan Kamin, and the Magic Circle Mime Company. 

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 DPYO Conductor

Now in his 16th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. 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 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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