Piano instructor helps Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra open its 2006-2007 season

Sonya Szabo Reynolds performing Mozart in concert that also includes works by Offenbach, Copland | November 13, 2006

Piano instructor Sonya Szabo Reynolds is helping the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra open its 2006-2007 season on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3:00 p.m. at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra showcases the talents and musical abilities of some of the area’s best young musicians, and the program begins with a work by Jacques Offenbach. Szabo Reynolds follows with Mozart's "Concerto in C major for piano, No. 21, K. 467." The program ends with an orchestra performance of "Four Dance Episodes" from Rodeo by Aaron Copland.

On the piano faculty since 1993, Szabo Reynolds received her M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and B.M. in Piano Performance with High Honors from the University of Michigan School of Music, where she studied with Louis Nagel.

She also studied at the Internationale Sommerakademie of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she studied with renowned German pianist Carl Seemann.

Szabo Reynolds performs frequently throughout the region, with recent recitals given on the Midday Music Series in Oxford, the Second Sunday Concert Series at Premier Pianos in Cincinnati and the Noonday Concert Series at Westminster Presbyterian in Dayton. Performances abroad include recitals in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. To celebrate the 250th anniversary in 2006 of Mozart's birth, she presented an all-Mozart Music at Midday program on campus on the composer's birthday, Jan. 27.

In addition to teaching and performing, Szabo Reynolds recently edited the first English language translation of Bohumil Fidler's My Life and Memories, which is being published by the Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music in London. She is married to conductor Patrick Reynolds, who is leading the Dec. 3 performance of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

General admission to this concert is $5, and concertgoers may purchase them at the door or by calling the Dayton Philharmonic education department at 937 224 3521, ext. 136.