Thursday, April 28, 2022

Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to present Spring Concert

Nearly 100 musicians from the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) will take to the stage on Tuesday, May 3 at the Wilcox Theater at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex (PARC). 

The annual MPYO Spring Concert will begin at 7 p.m. and feature 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 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,” by Astor Piazzola (arranged by James Kazik), “Molly on the Shore,” by Percy Aldridge Grainger (arranged by Sandra Dackow,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles (in a side-by-side with the Youth Symphony) 

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 Philharmonic concerts are subject to time and date changes as well as health restrictions already in place at the venues listed.  

PARC is located at 650 Church St. in downtown Plymouth.