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Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to perform at Jack Wilcox Theatre in Plymouth
Spring Concert features 100 youth musicians in 5 different groups
By: Michigan Philharmonic
The annual MPYO Spring Concert begins at 7 p.m. and features five youth ensembles: Strings, made up of elementary school string players; Sinfonia, a middle school strings group; Flute Choir; Wind Ensemble; and the Youth Symphony, a full orchestra of mainly high school musicians.
Led by Hector Qyteti since 2017, and supported by Dennis Carter conducting flutes and winds, the MPYO provides a unique, enriching and exciting musical experience for young musicians throughout Southeast Michigan. The full program for students ages 8-18 includes two string ensembles, a flute choir, a wind ensemble and a full youth symphony. Students in this program meet weekly to rehearse and give three concert performances as well as a summer pops event.
Among the pieces the String Ensemble will perform include "Purcelliana Overture" by Henry Purcell, "Appalachian Hymn" by Soon Hee Newbold, "A La Media Noche" Puerto Rican Carol," arranged by Bob Lipton and "Sinfonia Pallade e Marte" by Maria Grimani (arranged by Nan Washburn).
Among the music performed by the Sinfonia will be Mozart "Divertimento in D Major. K. 136 Allegro" by Mozart, "Libertango,"
The Youth Symphony, made up mostly of high school musicians, will perform "Iphigenia in Aulis" arranged by Merle J. Isaac, Dvorak "Symphony No 8 Movement 4" by Dvorak (arranged by Nan Washburn and "I Want to Hold Your Hand (with Sinfonia)
Among the songs being performed by the Flute Choir will be "Global Village Samba," by Anthony G. Holland, "Londonderry Air," by Altrisches Lied (arranged by H. Kamioka), and "Maple Leaf Rag," by Scott Joplin (arranged by Sondra K. Tucker).
Tickets for the youth performance are $15 for adults and $5 for students. All of the Philharmonic's concerts are subject to time and date changes as well as health restrictions already in place at the venues listed.
PARC (Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex) is located at 650 Church Street. For tickets and more information, please visit www.michiganphil.org or call (734) 451-2112.