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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings to Perform Spring Concert at Dayton Masonic Center on March 20

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DAYTON, OH (March 10, 2016)  – The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings (DPYS), conducted by Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, will present their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Avenue in Dayton. This season the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings comprises 59 students in grades 6 through 12 chosen by audition from 27 schools plus homeschools throughout the Miami Valley.  The Dayton Philharmonic Youth String Orchestra is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.  Leadership Sponsor for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Series, including Youth Orchestra, Youth Strings, and Junior Strings, is First Financial.

The season marks Conductor Dr. Betsey Hofeldt’s eighth season conducting the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings.  “This year's orchestra has achieved an exceptionally high level of ensemble,” said Dr. Hofeldt.  “They are playing all the different styles of music with convincing confidence.”

This Spring Concert opens for the first time in DPYS history with guest soloists on George Frideric Handel's cheery “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Act III of Solomon.  “We happen to have two fine oboe players who are parents of Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings members who will join us on this piece,” beamed Dr. Hofeldt.  “I've always wanted to program this piece, and it was just featured as Lady Edith's wedding march in the final episode of Downton Abbey.

The program continues with Divertimento I in D major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A prolific composer, Mozart wrote three divertimentos when he was just sixteen, and the one in D major includes sparkling technical displays for the violins and a rapturous Italianate slow movement.

Edvard Grieg's masterful writing for string orchestra is highlighted in his Two Norwegian Airs, which paint moods of inexorable loneliness, pastoral bliss and peasant celebrations.  The afternoon continues with Psalm and Fugue for String Orchestra, a piece composed by Alan Hovhaness, imbued with tranquil, sacred serenity and flavors of the Eastern Hemisphere.

“The Pink Panther Theme,” written by Henry Mancini for the 1963 film The Pink Panther and nominated for Best Original Score at the 1964 Academy Awards, will be the musical dessert for this eclectic and engaging program.

DPYS musicians are selected by audition, and this year’s musicians attend the following area schools or are home-schooled: Archbishop Alter High School, Baker Middle School, Beavercreek High School, Carroll High School, Centerville High School, Chaminade-Julienne High School, DeColores Montessori School (Greenville), Fairmont High School, Greenville High School, Hadley Watts Middle School, Immaculate Conception School, Incarnation School, Jacob Coy Middle School, Kettering Middle School, Magsig Middle School, Miami Valley School, Middletown Christian School, Northmont High School, Oakwood Junior High and High School, Sidney Middle School, Springboro High School, St. Luke School, Tippecanoe Middle School, Tower Heights Middle School, Van Buren Middle School, and Stivers School for the Arts.

Tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Spring Concert are $5.00.  They can be purchased at the door on the day of the concert, or they can be reserved ahead of time by calling Ellen Bagley at (937) 224-3521, ext. 1136. The DPYS Spring Concert is open seating.


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 59 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 performance 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, she has performed as a member of the Hofeldt-Phillips Trio throughout the Miami Valley. Dr. Hofeldt 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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