Join us on four Sundays in November, from 4 to 6 PM, to hear the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in 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—including WRTI's Debra Lew Harder—and conducted by PYO Music Director Louis Scaglione. Your host is WRTI's Kevin Gordon with program commentary by Maestro Scaglione.
Listen at WRTI 90.1 FM, streaming at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI App.
November 1st at 4 PM:
(Recorded in concert, November, 2017)
Bernstein: Candide, Overture
Debussy: La Mer
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
November 8th at 4 PM:
(Recorded in concert, February, 2018)
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Ravel: La Valse
November 15th at 4 PM:
(Recorded in concert, November, 2018)
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman, Overture
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Debra Lew Harder, pianist
November 22nd at 4 PM:
(Recorded in concert, May, 2015)
75th Festival Concert
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp minor
Michael Ludwig, violin
The renowned PYO Music Institute, now in its 81st season, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected community music education and youth orchestra performance programs. Training tomorrow’s leaders, PYO provides 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 PYO notes that many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are alumni.
The PYO Music Institute has six program divisions: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an El Sistema inspired after-school program.
Ranging in age from 6 to 21 years, the musicians of the PYO Music Institute’s performing ensembles 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.