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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings and Junior Strings Perform Fall Concerts at Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church on November 20

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DAYTON, OH (November 16, 2016) – The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings (DPYS), conducted by Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, will present their annual Fall Concert on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  Prior to this performance, the Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings, conducted by Kara Manteufel, will present their first concert of the season as well, beginning at 2:00 pm.  Both concerts will be held at the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road in Dayton. These concerts are free and open to the public. Leadership Sponsor for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings and Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings Series is First Financial. 

This season the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings (DPYS) comprises 72 students in grades 6 through 12 chosen by audition from 32 schools plus homeschools throughout the Miami Valley.  The Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings (DPYS) comprises an impressive 45 students in grades 4 through 8 chosen by audition from 25 schools. Both of these youth strings groups are sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

The season marks Conductor Dr. Betsey Hofeldt’s ninth season conducting the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings.  “I have witnessed a continual rise in the level of playing in the years I've been conducting Youth Strings,” said Hofeldt. “It is exciting to be able to program more challenging repertoire because of the caliber of private teaching in the Miami Valley. These student musicians are lucky to have such rich cultural experiences growing up in Dayton, with its robust arts environment.”

DPYS’s first concert of the season will feature music from the Baroque to the present day. In honor of the 400th anniversary of the Spanish writer Cervantes' death, DPYS will open their performance with Georg Philipp Telemann's colorful Don Quixote Suite. Different movements creatively portray the Don, his sidekick Sancho Panza, and their horse and donkey, all with great musical effect. Filling out the program are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quartet in C Major, written when Mozart was just fifteen years of age, and Italian composer Remo Giazotto’s heartrending Adagio in G Minor, with organ.  Finally, the orchestra will perform John Rutter's Suite for Strings. Rutter is a giant in the world of choral composition, but he is equally adept at composing for strings. His Suite for Strings brims with English folk song influence and quotes the familiar tune "The Water Is Wide" in its slow movement. 

In her third season as conductor of Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings, Kara Manteufel has arranged a festive autumn program for her young orchestra.  The program begins with Richard Meyer’s Dragonhunter, a medieval-sounding piece using only the notes from the D scale, conveying a dragon on the loose!  Next is the charming Japanese folk song “Sakura, Sakura,” celebrating the beautiful cherry blossoms of Japan, and then the DPJS presents “Arkansas Traveler,” the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963.  The young orchestra then delivers a beautiful seasonal piece by Antonio Vivaldi with the third movement of “Autumn” from his masterpiece The Four Seasons.  Written with young string students in mind, Jeremy Woolstenhulme’s Allegro Gustoso, meaning “savory” in Italian, will have the audience hungering for a nice bowl of pasta.  DPJS closes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s delightful Dance of the Tumblers.

DPYS  and DPJS musicians are selected by audition, and this year’s musicians attend the following area schools or are home-schooled: Archbishop Alter High School, Beavercreek High School, Bethlehem Lutheran School, Bishop Leibold School, Centerville High School, Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton Christian High School, Dayton Regional Stem School, DeColores Montessori School (Greenville), East Dayton Christian School, Fairmont High School, Five Points Elementary School, Greenville High School, Hadley Watts Middle School, Harman Elementary School, Holy Angels School, Incarnation School, Jacob Coy Middle School, Kettering Middle School, Mad River Middle School, Magsig Middle School, Miami Valley School, Normandy Elementary School, Northmont High School, Oakwood Junior High and High School, Ruskin Elementary School, Shaw Elementary School, Sidney High School, Smith Elementary School, Springboro Junior High and High School, St. Luke School, St Vincent Ferrer School, St. Xavier High School, Tippecanoe High School, Tower Heights Middle School, Troy Christian School, Troy Junior High and High School, Van Buren Middle School, Weller Elementary School, and Stivers School for the Arts. 


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 72 students representing 32 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 Philharmonic Junior Strings 
The Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings (DPJS) was formed in 2014 in response to requests from string teachers and music educators for an orchestra to encourage young string players not quite ready for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings.  This season, the Junior Strings consists of 45 string players from 25 area schools.  The goal of DPJS is to provide an opportunity for students to further develop their musical skills while learning to work together with other string players.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings Conductor 
Kara Manteufel has been a member of the second violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) since 2006. In addition to her role in an educational string quartet for the DPO, Kara is a teaching artist with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s SPARK Program (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids.)  She is adjunct professor of violin at the University of Dayton, and she also teaches private strings lessons.

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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