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Dayton Ohio ( November 15, 2010) The Winter Concert of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings (formerly Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra), conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Hofeldt, will take place on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm at Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. Admission is free.

The concert will begin with music by Corelli and Mozart, masters of the Baroque and Classical periods, followed by twentieth century works of the British composer David Stone and African American composer William Grant Still.

"Concerto Grosso" by Corelli will showcase student soloists from the orchestra. This piece features a dazzling interplay between a solo group of violins and cello and the full orchestra. Mozart was only 16 years old when he wrote “Divertimento in B Flat,” a work filled with elegant melodies and robust harmonies. Stone’s more contemporary “Miniature Quartet” and Still’s rhythmic “Panamanian Dance” complete a stunning musical journey of contrast from Salzburg and Italy to the Caribbean.

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings rehearse every Sunday from 1:45-4:15 pm, September-March. The orchestra is made up of 54 students from 22 schools in the Greater Dayton area. Membership in the orchestra is through competitive audition.


About the Dayton Philharmonster 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 6-12. The Youth Strings consists of 54 students representing 22 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 Youth Strings 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 her 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. Betsey is on the faculty of Wittenberg University as a violin and viola instructorand maintains a private studio in Oakwood.

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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