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The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Exciting Broadcasts Throughout May!

Join us on four Sundays in May, 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, 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.

Sunday, May 3rd - (Recorded in concert November, 2019)
Brahms – Symphony No. 4
Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije
Respighi – Pines of Rome

Sunday, May 10th - (Recorded in concert February, 2020)
Barber – Medea’s Dance of Vengeance
Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1, (Francesca dePasquale, violin)
Copland – Symphony No. 3

Maestro Scaglione talks about the May 17th program.

Sunday, May 17th - (Recorded in concert June, 2016)
Barber – Toccata Festiva (Alan Morrison, organ)
Szentpali – Symphony Concertante (Joel Collier, euphonium; U.S. premiere performance)
Higdon – blue cathedral
Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances

Maestro Scaglione chats with Kevin Gordon about the program in the May 31st broadcast.

*Sunday, May 31st - (Recorded in concert June, 2017)
Mackwell – Secretly Ramses the Second (world-premiere performance)
Glazunov – Violin Concerto (Michael Ludwig, violin)
Orff – Carmina Burana (Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and guest soloists Alexandra Nowakowski, Eric Rieger, and John Viscardi)

*Re-scheduled from May 24th

Violinist Michael Ludwig performing with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

The renownedPhiladelphia Youth Orchestra organization, now in its 80th 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 Philadelphia Youth Orchestra notes that many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are alumni.

The organization 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 Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization’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.