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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Kicks Off Their 80th Anniversary Season with a Winter Concert at the Schuster Center on December 10



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 
DAYTON, OH (November 29, 2017) - On Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO) will present its annual Winter Concert at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. This is the first concert in the 80th season of the DPYO, founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, with an impressive 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. 

"I could not be prouder of our organization and to be a part of this 80th anniversary season,” said Conductor Patrick Reynolds. “We are excited to launch our big anniversary year with this program of brilliant showpieces for orchestra.” 

The DPYO begins this celebratory afternoon with Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, a colorful concert and season opener showcasing the amazing talents of the DPYO youth orchestra members. 

Maestro Reynolds then turns to a piece commissioned for the exciting 80th year anniversary of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Cedarville University composer Austin Jaquith wrote Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, composed for and dedicated to the DPYO, and this December’s performance by the DPYO will mark the world premiere of Jaquith’s engaging composition. 

Next, the orchestra will perform American Elegy by American composer Frank Ticheli. This beautiful yet heartbreaking piece is music of remembrance and hope in the face of tragedy and sorrow, a particularly appropriate piece in light of current events in our nation and around the world. 

The afternoon ends with Capriccio Italien, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s vivid and virtuoso tribute to all things Italian. This work is one of the great showpieces for orchestra and is a perfect way to end this sensational afternoon of music. 

Tickets for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert are $10.00. 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 DYPO Winter Concert is open seating. 

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 97 members from 28 area schools and homeschools 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 20th 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 19th 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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