Join us every Sunday throughout the month of November from 4 to 6 PM to hear the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in four concerts recorded live at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. You’ll hear some of the most talented young musicians in our region, playing with exceptional soloists, and conducted by PYO Music Director Louis Scaglione. Listen at WRTI 90.1, streaming at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI App.
Sunday, November 4: The PYO 78th Annual Festival Concert from June, 2018, featuring Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, R. Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, and a new work by Kevin Day, Manhattan Nights.
Sunday, November 11: a concert from February, 2015, the PYO's 75th season, Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Beethoven's Violin Concerto with soloist Richard Amoroso from The Philadelphia Orchestra (and a PYO alum), and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony.
Sunday, November 18: a concert from February, 2014, Vaughn Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Barber's Violin Concerto with soloist Michael Ludwig, and Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony.
Sunday, November 25: a concert from November, 2014, R. Strauss's Festliches Präludium, Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, and Saint-Saëns' Third Symphony (“Organ Symphony”) with the late Michael Stairs as organ soloist.
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is one of the oldest and most highly regarded youth orchestra organizations in the United States. Founded in 1940, the PYO provides professional-caliber musical experiences to young gifted instrumentalists, and performances for discriminating audiences in the Greater Philadelphia region and across the globe.
The organization has five programs: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an after-school program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema.
Ranging in age from 6 to 21 years, the musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization are selected by competitive audition and come from a 70-plus mile radius of Philadelphia encompassing nearly 20 counties within Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Through advanced orchestra repertoire, students are challenged to perform at professional levels, to strive for advanced musicianship and to achieve superior technical, musical, and personal application.