DAYTON – Imagine an orchestra of 425 string musicians playing an exciting new composition in one Grand Finale. That will happen with Evening of Strings, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton.
Evening of Strings is a collaboration of nine local high school orchestras for one glorious evening of music. The concert, free and open to the public, will celebrate 50 years of the Evening of Strings event.
“Evening of Strings spotlights the thriving orchestra programs in the area,” said JulieAnn M. Bernard, Centerville Orchestra Program Department Chair. “It is an amazing evening of student music.”
In the Grand Finale, Evening of Strings will feature the 425-member combined orchestra performing an original composition by Brian Balmages, commissioned especially for this event.
“We’ll hear this exciting new piece performed in spectacular fashion,” said Lois Clark-Ramey, Director of Orchestras at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton. “Where else could you hear a world premiere played by 425 musicians in powerful, precise harmony?”
Balmages has composed pieces premiered by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Miami Symphony Orchestra, as well as pieces for students. (See www.brianbalmages.com). The finale will be conducted by Dr. Patrick Reynolds, who is conductor of the University of Dayton Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and is Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Participating high school orchestras in this non-competitive festival are: Bellefontaine, Centerville, Global Impact STEM (Springfield), Greenville, Sidney, Stebbins, Stivers, Troy, and West Carrollton.
“How many groups celebrate 50 years?” said JR Price, Director of the Greenville High School Orchestra. “I love being a part of making it happen.”
Each high school orchestra will be paired with at least one other school orchestra to perform pieces conducted by each other’s directors. Then they will all join together for the Grand Finale.