Bravo Brass of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to Present 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Holiday Concert

Bravo Brass of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra to Present 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Holiday ConcertThe beloved 'Twas the Night Before Christmas will take center stage when the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's (PYO) all-brass ensemble, Bravo Brass, presents their holiday concert on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

It will take place at St. Mark's Church located at 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA., and will be led by Paul Bryan, the Director of Bravo Brass, and Associate Conductor Robert Skoniczin.

The concert will include time-honored holiday selections by Leroy Anderson, George Frederic Handel, and others.

A new selection for Bravo Brass composed by Curtis Institute of Music alum Anthony DiLorenzo, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas will resound throughout St. Mark's Church. Paul Bryan looks forward to this concert and said, "Twas the Night Before Christmas is a charming retelling of the holiday classic story scored for brass ensemble and narrator, and our students are excited to perform it. We always draw large crowds for our holiday performances, and I hope this piece will be an instant favorite."

General admission tickets are $15. For more information about the concert call 215-545-0502 or visit

Bravo Brass is the all-brass ensemble of PYO with gifted young brass musicians, ages 12-21, They are selected by audition to participate in this advanced group and receive instruction from a faculty of expert musicians in each instrument. Directed by Paul Bryan, Bravo Brass offers students the opportunity to build specialized musical capabilities as well as life skills that enhance personal growth. Many of Bryan's students have excelled in all-state bands and orchestras throughout the Delaware Valley and gained admission into some of the country's best universities and conservatories.

Now in its 78th 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 130 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 PRSYM Young Artists is Andrea Weber. Tune Up Philly (TUP) is PYO's engagement program, directed by Paul Smith, that focuses on the creating and inspiring true community by providing children in underserved communities with invaluable opportunities to learn and perform a differentiated orchestral music curriculum. Visit

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