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The All-Brass Ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Presents a Musical Tour of the Remarkable Island


The All-Brass Ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra                                              Presents a Musical Tour of the Remarkable Island With the theme of British Brass, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's (PYO) all-brass ensemble, Bravo Brass, will present a musical tour of the remarkable British Island on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. It will take place at St. Mark's Church located at 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA., under the guidance of Paul Bryan, the Director of Bravo Brass.

The concert will feature works by William Byrd, John Bull, George Frederic Handel, and Gustav Holst in addition to unique arrangements of holiday favorites that trace their composition to the British Isles.

In anticipation of the concert, Paul Bryan said, "British Brass is an eclectic program of pieces we look forward to performing. As with all of our concerts, I take great pride in the high level of work of our student musicians and the pleasure they bring audiences, especially during the holiday season."

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 79th 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.

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