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The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on WRTI 90.1: Magnificent Archive Concerts Throughout November

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Louis Scaglione leads the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at Verizon Hall in November, 2018. Debra Lew Harder is soloist. Listen to this concert broadcast on WRTI, November 15th at 4 PM.

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.

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November 1st at 4 PM:
(Recorded in concert, November, 2017)
Bernstein: Candide, Overture
Debussy: La Mer
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Maestro Louis Scaglione and WRTI's Kevin Gordon continue discussing the PYO Music Institute's education efforts during the pandemic, and the music in the November 8th concert broadcast.

November 8th at 4 PM:
(Recorded in concert, February, 2018)
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Ravel: La Valse

Maestro Louis Scaglione and WRTI's Kevin Gordon continue discussing the PYO Music Institute's education efforts during the pandemic, and the music in the November 15th concert broadcast featuring WRTI's Debra Lew Harder on the piano.

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

Check out this post about Debra performing with PYO back in 2018!

Intermission feature with Maestro Louis Scaglione and WRTI's Kevin Gordon talking about the concert broadcast program and the PYO Music Institute during the pandemic.

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 renownedPYO 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.