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ASYO to Perform at Florida State University & in Joint Concert with Columbus State this Spring

ASYO to Perform at Florida State University & in Joint Concert with Columbus State this Spring

The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) has announced a performance at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall at Florida State University (FSU) on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m, and a joint concert with the Columbus State University Philharmonic at the Bill Heard Theatre in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ga., on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 6:45 p.m. The FSU performance will be led by ASYO Music Director Jere Flint, and the joint performance with the CSU Philharmonic will be led by both Mr. Flint and Maestro Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Conducting. These concerts are part of a special music education advocacy initiative by the ASYO and are sponsored by the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation.

While at FSU, the ASYO will have an open rehearsal to connect with local youth orchestras, participate in master classes with FSU faculty, and will tour the collegiate campus. For the performance, Mr. Flint will lead the Youth Orchestra in Nelson's Savannah River Holiday and Barber's Adagio for Strings, among other musical selections. The ASYO's performance at Florida State University is made possible through a partnership with the FSU College of Music.

While in Columbus, Ga., the ASYO will perform a joint concert with the Columbus State University Philharmonic in partnership with the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (CSU). This partnership will give ASYO students the opportunity to participate in 15 master classes, attend a CSU faculty recital, meet 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winner Lewis Spratlan, and perform a concert with the CSU Philharmonic. The performance will include selections from Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, "Jupiter" from Holst's The Planets, Lewis Spratlan's A Summer's Day, and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances.

"The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra is nationally known for its artistic excellence," said Niki Baker, Manager of Ensembles and Instruction for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. "These creative partnerships with Florida State University and Columbus State University dramatically enhance the learning experience for our students, while also providing a platform by which we can inform even more people about the crucial need to support music education in our schools and communities."

Established in 1974, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra provides Atlanta's most talented and dedicated students an outlet to perform masterworks. Each year, more than 300 instrumentalists ages 13-18 audition for one of 120 seats in the Youth Orchestra. The ASYO presents three concerts each year in addition to the Atlanta Symphony Kid's Christmas concerts. Members also receive exclusive invitations to participate in readings and master classes with the top artists in the instrumental music industry.

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