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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Perform Fall Concert at Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church on November 16

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DAYTON, OH (October 22, 2014) The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings, conducted by Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, will present their annual Fall Concert on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road in Dayton. This season the Youth Strings comprises 63 students in grades 6 through 12 chosen by audition from 27 schools throughout the Miami Valley.  The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings orchestra is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

“When choosing the repertoire for our DPYO concerts, I always try to pick a wide variety of musical styles from as broad of a spectrum historically as I can, both for the students' enrichment and to create an interesting program for the audience, “ said Conductor Betsey Hofeldt.   Highlights of this year’s Fall Concert will include Corelli's first Concerto Grosso, which features dazzling antiphonal effects between full orchestra and a group of soloists called the concertino. “Corelli knew how to exploit stringed instruments,” said Hofeldt.  “He was one of the earliest composers to highlight virtuosic effects.”  Following will be a sparkling and cheerful Sinfonia by Johann Stamitz, who set a new standard with his Mannheim orchestra that inspired Classical composers like Mozart. The British composer Peter Warlock infused his Capriol Suite with English melodies, some of which are direct quotes from Anglican music. This Warlock piece from 1926 is tuneful yet has piquant hints of 20th century edginess as well.  Always a perennial favorite amongst light classical pop music, Leroy Anderson's Plink, Plank, Plunk! is a chestnut from the early days of his collaboration with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

DPYO musicians are selected by audition, and this year’s musicians attend the following area schools or are home-schooled: Beavercreek High School, Bishop Leibold East School, Centerville High School, Chaminade-Julienne High School, DeColores Montessori School (Greenville), Fairmont High School, Greenville High School, Hadley Watts Middle School, Incarnation School, Jacob Coy Middle School, Magsig Middle School, Miami Valley School, Middletown Christian School, Montessori School of Dayton, Northmont High School, Oakwood Junior High and High School, River’s Edge Montessori School, Springboro Junior High and High School, Tower Heights Middle School, Tri-County North High School, Troy High School, Van Buren Middle School, Weller Elementary School, and Stivers School for the Arts.

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Concert is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the concert at the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church.


About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings
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 in grades 6 through 12. The Youth Strings consists of 63 students representing 27 different schools from the Greater Dayton area.  Students in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth String Orchestra perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing winter and spring concerts, the Youth Strings often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings 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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