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DAYTON PHILHARMONIC JUNIOR STRING ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT FIRST CONCERT OF THE 2009-2010 SEASON

November 22, 2009, 3:00 p.m. at Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church

Dayton, Ohio (November 11, 2009) - On Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra will present a free concert at the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. This concert is the first in the 2009-2010 season.

The November 22nd concert will feature three major works: Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, Op.6, #8, “Christmas Concerto”; Mozart’s Divertimento in F Major, K. 138; and the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock. The dramatic Corelli Concerto features a small solo group of violins and cellos. The Divertimento, composed by Mozart when he was only 16 years old, displays the musical genius that would be fully developed later. The Capriol Suite incorporates dances from the Elizabethan period which Warlock peppered with 20th century harmonies. The JSO will end the concert with a selection of Christmas and Hanukkah music.

The JSO membership includes 51 students in Grades 6-11 from 25 area schools. These talented young musicians, chosen through competitive audition, come together once a week on Sunday afternoons throughout the school year for rigorous three hour rehearsals. According to JSO conductor Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, “JSO brings some very diverse students together to master music at a high level concert. It is remarkable that these kids from different schools, with wide variations in maturity and experience level can quickly learn to interpret and communicate the music of the great composers together in a unified performance. They are so fun to work with!”

Don’t miss this free opportunity to be awestruck by the talents of young musicians in our community.

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About the Junior String Orchestra
Established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the mission of the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra is to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grades 6-12. The Junior String Orchestra consists of 51 students representing 25 different schools from the greater Dayton area.

Students in the Junior String Orchestra perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing winter and spring concerts, the Junior String Orchestra often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Conductor
Dr. Betsey Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1978 and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1980 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 in 2000, where here principal teachers were Naoka Tanaka and Won Bin Yim. Shirley Givens at the Aspen Music Festival is also one of her principal teachers.

Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the first 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.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra 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. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and 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.

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