Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to Play First 2014 Concert at Verizon Hall at Kimmel Center, 2/16

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's flagship ensemble (PYO) will fill the Verizon Hall stage at the KimMel Center, located at Broad and Spruce streets in Philadelphia, for their first 2014 concert on February 16 at 3 p.m. Comprised of 130 gifted musicians ages 14-21 from throughout the Delaware Valley, the PYO is the oldest youth orchestras in the region and is considered one of the best in the United States. Tickets for the performance are $10-20; for ticket information, call 215-893-1999.

Led by Maestro Louis Scaglione, President and Director of the PYO organization, the dynamic PYO ensemble continues to present an unmatched repertoire with its selections on February 16: Vaughn Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Barber's Violin Concerto; and Symphony No. 2 by Rachmaninoff. Michael Ludwig, Concertmaster of Buffalo Philharmonic and The Philly Pops, and former Associate Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra will be welcomed as the featured performer with the ensemble for the Violin Concerto.

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization is the Tri-State area's premier musical training and performance programs for gifted, young musicians and one of the most highly regarded youth orchestral and college preparatory music education institutions in the country. For 74 years, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization has been providing professional-caliber musical experiences to young instrumentalists under the guidance of a prestigious faculty that includes members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The organization is comprised of five programs designed to develop a variety of specialized musical skills: the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an after-school outreach program modeled after Venezuela's El Sistema. For more information about the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, visit

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