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Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble Presents YE OLDE BRASS, 3/5


The talented members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's Bravo Bass ensemble will present a concert titled "Ye Olde Brass" on Sunday, March 5 at 4 p.m. Back by popular demand, they will perform, once again, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located at 145 West Broad Street in Burlington, NJ. The concert features music of English Elizabethan composers William Byrd, John Bull, Giles Farnaby, Orlando Gibbons, and others performed in the historic beauty St. Mary's. The Parish with its Anglican roots and traditions is home to the oldest church building in New Jersey, the 17th oldest in the nation, and the first cruciform church built in the United States. Mayor Conaway of Burlington City and Mary Anne Bell, Superintendent of Burlington Twnshp. Board of Education will be special guests in the audience.

Paul Bryan, Curtis Institute Dean of Faculty and Students, is the Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass and he is pleased to return to St. Mary's. He said, "The concert last year at St. Mary's was a highlight for the musicians. We greatly appreciate the invitation from St. Mary's to return, and we look forward to the performance."

Organist and Choir Master Lee Millhous enthusiastically anticipates Bravo Brass's return visit to St. Mary's. He said, "St. Mary's is thrilled to host the Bravo Brass ensemble again this year as the major event of our Music Series. The talent and commitment of this fine group of young musicians is remarkable, and Paul Bryan's leadership and musicianship are inspirational to performers and audience alike."

This is a free concert. Early arrival is recommended because the program last year attracted capacity seating. For more information about Bravo Brass and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, please visit or call (215) 545-0502.

About Bravo Brass

Bravo Brass, founded in 1997, is the brass ensemble program of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra led by Director and Conductor Paul Bryan. The only year-round brass ensemble in the Philadelphia area and one of only three in the country, Bravo Brass offers the highest level of individual and ensemble training and performance opportunities for the most accomplished young brass musicians in the area.

About the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra:

Now in its 77th year, training tomorrow's leaders, the renowned Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, led by President and Music Director, Maestro Louis Scaglione, is one of the nation's oldest and most respected community music education and youth orchestra performance programs, providing talented young musicians from across the tri-state area with exceptional musical training. Students go on to excel in many diverse fields, and it is with pride that Philadelphia Youth Orchestra notes that many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are alumni. The organization is comprised of six program ensembles designed to meet specific needs and experience levels of students selected through a competitive audition process. The anchor group is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), conducted by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, featuring 120 gifted instrumentalists who range in age from 14-21. Young musicians 12-18 years old are featured in PYO's companion ensemble, the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, which is led by Director and Conductor Maestra Rosalind Erwin, who is Music Director and Conductor of Drexel University Orchestra. Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), directed by Maestro Kenneth Bean, is a beginning to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra that provides most students with their first introduction to large orchestral playing featuring students age 10-17 years old. Bravo Brass, directed by Curtis Institute Dean of Faculty and Students, Paul Bryan, is an all brass ensemble for promising middle and high-school instrumentalists. PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM Young Artists ensembles provide string large ensemble and sectional master class instruction for beginning and intermediate musicians ages 6-14. The director and conductor of PRYSM is Gloria DePasquale, cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and conductor of PRYSM Young Artists is Andrea Weber. Tune Up Philly (TUP) is PYO's engagement program, directed by Paul Smith, that focuses on creating and inspiring true community by providing children in under-resourced communities with invaluable opportunities to learn and perform a differentiated orchestral music curriculum.

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