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The Platypus Theatre Company and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Invite Dayton to Take a Trip to the Vibrant Lands of Latin America with Max and His Dog in Presto, Mambo!

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DAYTON, OH (February 13, 2017) – On Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will present Presto, Mambo! with the Platypus Theatre Company, the third and final concert in Dayton Power & Light Foundation’s 2016–2017 Family Concert Series. The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will provide the music for this unique concert experience, which unites the Youth Orchestra with imaginative and captivating visual theater. The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is proudly sponsored by First Financial Bank. 

This March, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra invites the Platypus Theatre Company to the Schuster Center, where, together, they will introduce concertgoers both young and young-at-heart to the magical world of Latin rhythms and the power of communication across cultures.

The Platypus Theatre Company has set out on a mission to create the next generation of classical music lovers. In partnership with visionary orchestras like the DPYO, they give young audiences the opportunity to explore music on a deeper level.  Audiences embark on meaningful, musical expeditions through engaging storytelling and thoughtfully selected musical excerpts. 

The goal of the Platypus Theatre Company is to tell a good story and to make music the central character of that story, featuring different orchestral instruments, elements of music, and musical genres. Music and storylines are woven together with colorful masks, puppets and costumes to draw the audience in and create an engaging and significant musical experience for each listener. 

In Presto, Mambo!, the audience and the orchestra embark on a tour of the music of the Americas; however, the journey takes an unexpected turn when Max—an energetic but impulsive young boy—makes his way onto the stage to “help” the orchestra. Soon Max is on a whirlwind adventure that takes him from the concert hall to the vibrant lands of Latin American culture where—with the help of his new friend Mambo the dog, along with the orchestra and the audience—Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to dance with the music. 

Co-commissioned by the symphonies in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa, Presto, Mambo! gives young audiences the unique opportunity to experience a symphony orchestra thrumming to the irresistible beat of the Latin sound.

Providing the compelling score for this theatrical musical adventure is the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This performance marks the second concert in the 79th season of the DPYO, founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, with an astounding 104 student musicians from schools around the Dayton area.  “We’re proud to enter our 79th season with one of the largest and most talented groups of young musicians we have ever brought together,” said Conductor Patrick Reynolds. “DPYO is an extraordinary organization that reflects the excellent private lesson and school music program instruction available in our region.”  The DPYO is thrilled to be working with the Platypus Theatre Company to present this musical presentation, aimed at engaging the youth of the Dayton area, and to share their interest in and love of classical music.

Concertgoers are invited to come early at 2:00 pm for pre-concert fun activities in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, including an instrument petting zoo, a craft table, and a scavenger hunt. 

Tickets for Presto, Mambo! are $22 for adults and $12 for students and children and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information on this concert or on other upcoming performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 104 members from 31 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 by 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 19th 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 17th 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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