You may have seen the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Youth Strings perform last weekend at the Schuster Center’s 10th Anniversary Community Open House.
You’ll have another chance to see these 67 talented youngsters when they they present a free spring concert this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton.
Established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the Youth Strings represents 28 different schools from the Greater Dayton area and performs public concerts as well as appearances at senior citizen centers and community events.
According to conductor Betsey Hofeldt, the program will open with music from the court of Queen Elizabeth I played in Renaissance style followed by Boyce’s Symphony #1 and a Miniature Quartet by David Stone, a living composer and educator from England.
While you’re at the museum, check out the new flood exhibit and Leo Bistro, which is rapidly becoming a community gathering place for snacks and meals.
Teen summit to challenge prejudice
Versatile California performer Ariel Luckey will use his theatrical skills to challenge prejudice and bias at a Spring Teen Summit slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Sinclair Community College.
The event is sponsored by Sinclair in cooperation with the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton.
The California artist uses poetry, acting, dance and hip-hop to build cultural understanding. Following his presentation, the group will engage in small-group discussion.
For more information, contact Adriane Miller at (937) 222-6225 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Orchestra family concert, auditions
The DPO’s Youth Orchestra — currently celebrating its 75th anniversary season — will present a family concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at the Schuster Center with guest performance troupe Magic Circle Mime Company.
Youth orchestra conductor Patrick Reynolds says the challenging concert program — “Orchestra from Planet X” — “is wonderfully diverse, with exciting percussion parts, and some of the most challenging repertoire we’ve ever put together for a Family Concert.”
The orchestra, made up of 102 members from 24 area schools, worked on this music during an intensive weekend retreat.
Ticket prices are $12 for students, $17 for seniors and $19 for adults and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.
Audition dates for both the string and youth orchestras are April 13, April 14, May 4 and May 11 at Reichard Hall at the University of Dayton. To schedule an audition time, applicants must phone the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance at (937) 224-3521 ext. 1136 or ext. 1118.
Cityfolk announces photo show
The folks at Cityfolk have come up with a new way to encourage those interested in photography to share their skills.
Cityfolk’s “Culture Builds Community” is in the midst of a year-long photo project that has included photo mosaic banners of children from last year’s Cityfolk Festival mounted on buildings downtown, a lobby show for the Free Spirits project at Sinclair Community College,a downtown photo show and “window clings” featuring the work of Glenna Jennings.
Now, the whole community is being asked to get into the act. “Cityfolk Photo Show: The People of the Mosaic City” is a call to local photographers to submit images for consideration on the theme of “Mosaic City”— Dayton as a place where diversity is celebrated.
Photos will be accepted in five categories: Black & White, Color, Youth (ages 15 -18), Student (ages 19 and up) and professional. Images must be submitted electronically for the jury process. Each category will honor three distinctive submissions, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Winners will receive complimentary tickets to three Cityfolk concerts of their choice. Additionally, first-place winners will receive a cash prize.
Winning pieces will be exhibited in the Oregon District and other urban locations, opening on Urban Nights, May 10 and on display through June. They’ll move to a location at the Cityfolk Festival, June 28-30. All photos will be for sale throughout the exhibit.
The application fee is $25 for up to three images on the theme in any category. Applications for submission are available at www.cityfolk.org. Click on the Learn tab, select Culture Builds Community, and click on Cityfolk Photo Show. Materials are due by March 25.
Miamisburg Theatre Group to feature Broadway songs
Children’s Performing Arts of Miamisburg (CPAM) has been producing plays for kids for the past three years. Producer Gail Wagner says the upcoming production, “Broadway in the ‘Burg,” is an original revue of Broadway show stoppers.
Songs from 20 different shows are included including “Mary Poppins,” “Oklahoma, ” “Peter Pan and “Camelot.”
Thirty two youngsters — in grades 4 through 12 — are performing at the Baum Opera House in Miamisburg, 15 S. First St.
Show times are 3 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17.
Tickets are $13 for general seating and $15 for reserved seats. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (937) 867-0353 or visiting www.cpamburg.com.
Project Jericho students to perform at Clark State Performing Arts Center
A group of youngsters who auditioned for the chance to write, record and perform original songs with guitarist Michael Kelsey will be featured in a 30-minute concert at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield. “Louder than the Violence” in Concert is a Project Jericho My Song Live presentation in collaboration with Not in Our Town.
Says the poster for the event: “The true volume is in the courage, words and voices of Project Jericho youth and their songs against violence.”