Wednesday, January 9, 2019

It's Melodic, It's Inspiring And It's Absolutely FREE!

The Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO) will perform at The Temple Performing Arts Center, located at 1837 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 4 p.m. An ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the PYMO concert will feature a variety of classical music selections under their distinguished conductor and director, Kenneth Bean. Featured compositions will include Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville, Vaughn-Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 1, Op. 46 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104. 

This is a free event. For more information, please call 215-545-0502. 

PYMO is the newest educational offering of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization. It is a beginning- to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra that provides most students with their first introduction to large orchestral playing. Bean is eager to assist in fostering the development of these talented young musicians. He said, “It is inspiring to watch all of the students grow throughout the rehearsal process. It is their intense determination that will serve them well as they progress as musicians. I look forward to sharing their upcoming performance experience with them and the audience.”

PYMO is often the first full orchestral playing experience for the wind, brass, and percussion students. While some of the players matriculate from other PYO ensembles, like PRYSM, Tune Up Philly, or other string orchestra programs that offer ensemble experience, many of the students are new. Through a repertoire including both arrangements and original masterworks, students are challenged to hone their talents for listening, blending, balancing, and making music within the full orchestral context. Principal players are also encouraged to develop leadership skills, and less-experienced players learn from their peers and PYO's acclaimed professional faculty. PYMO prepares its members for participation in Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra — and, eventually, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

About Philadelphia Youth Orchestra:

Now in its 79th 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 120 gifted instrumentalists who range in age from 14-21.
Young musicians 1218 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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