Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra to Present Inaugural Festival Concert

Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra to Present Inaugural Festival ConcertIt will be an exciting afternoon for the gifted young musicians of Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), the beginning to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra, who will present their Inaugural Festival Concert on Saturday May 27, 2017 at 4 p.m.

PYMO, a new division of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), will perform this free concert at Temple Performing Arts Center, located at 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia.

Directed by Kenneth Bean, PYMO provides most students, age 10 to 17, with their first introduction to large orchestral. Their musical selections will include Bizet's "L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1", Strauss's "The Blue Danube, Op. 314", Beethoven's "Coriolan Overture, Op. 62", Mascagni/Bean's "Intermezzo" from "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Verdi's "Overture to Nabucco".

Bean is thrilled with the accomplishments of his students who are so new to performing with peers in an orchestra setting. He said, "It's been remarkable to watch the growth of our students during the first year of PYMO. Learning to play with an orchestra is not easy and takes more than talented music skills. Being able to take direction from a conductor as they play alongside their peers offers it own challenges, ones experienced by all age musicians, and the PYMO students have taken to it beautifully."

With the Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC) as a community partner TPAC can help students envision their future self as they see their potential in this college setting. Bean added, "We are bringing the students to perform at TPAC because it is an excellent facility and, also, to help the students envision college as part of their destiny."

For more information, visit www.pyos.org or call 215.545.0502.

Now concluding 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. Visit www.pyos.org.

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