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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to Perform Spring Concert at Schuster Center on May 8

DAYTON, OH (April 21, 2016) - On Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO) will present its annual Spring Concert at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. This is the last concert in the 79th season of the DPYO, founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, with an astounding 97 student musicians performing under the direction of Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Leadership Sponsor for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Series is First Financial Bank.

For this year’s culminating DPYO Spring Concert, Maestro Reynolds has selected three newer works from the twentieth century, exciting music both to hear and to perform.

Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Overture to Colas Breugnon is a terrifically exciting opener for this concert, featuring the DPYO at its most virtuosic. Colas Breugnon was Kabalevsky’s first opera, premiering in Leningrad, Russia, in February 1938 and made famous by Italian Arturo Toscanini, who conducted Colas Breugnon all over the world in the 1940s and 1950s.

The program continues with Adagio for Strings by American composer Samuel Barber. This work is one of the most famous and most beautiful works of the entire twentieth century.  Again with this Barber composition, Toscanini deserves some of the credit for its popularity, having performed its premiere in a radio broadcast from New York City in 1938, and then having taken the piece on a world tour through Europe and South America soon thereafter.

The afternoon closes with Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, a ballet whose composition was a considered a major artistic breakthrough for Stravinsky.  Stravinsky’s The Firebird became an instant success with audiences and critics alike. Performing this Suite from The Firebird is certainly a high point for the DPYO and a thrilling way to end its 2015-2016 season. 

“Spring is the time when we say goodbye to our graduating seniors, but also the time when we hear all the auditions for talented young musicians who aspire to become members of DPYO,” said Conductor Patrick Reynolds. “The seniors have brought so much to our orchestra this year through both their musical talent and their leadership. I hope they treasure this experience and continue to make music part of their lives for many, many years.”

Tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert are $8.00.  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 DPYO Spring Concert is open seating.


About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 97 members from 26 area schools and is under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Reynolds. The orchestra 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 3 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 DPO Family Concert Series.

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 Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Conductor
Now in his 18th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 16th 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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