The Music Of The Season Comes to Burlington, NJ This Month

The Music Of The Season Comes to Burlington, NJ This MonthThe Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's all-brass ensemble, Bravo Brass, returns to Burlington, New Jersey with a joyous holiday concert on Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. It will take place at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church located at 145 West Broad Street, Burlington, NJ., and will be led by Paul Bryan, the Director of Bravo Brass, and Associate Conductor Barry McCommon.

The concert will include time-honored holiday selections by Leroy Anderson, George Frederic Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as a performance of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas composed by Curtis Institute of Music alum Anthony DiLorenzo. 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. Our narrator will be the Rector of St. Mary's, The Reverend J. Connor Haynes. We always draw large crowds for our performances in Burlington, and I hope this piece will be an instant favorite."

This is a free concert. For more information, please call 215-545-0502 or visit

About Bravo Brass:

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.

About the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra:

Now in its 78th year of training tomorrow's leaders, the renowned Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization 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. For more information, please visit

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 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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