Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents special winter concert in Canton
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Performance will feature nearly 100 youth musicians in 5 groups

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Michimich -- Nearly 100 musicians from the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) will take to the stage in Canton at the Village Theatre offering a special "Winter Concert" full of classical, pop and holiday music.

Led by Hector Qyteti since 2017, and supported by Dennis Carter conducting flutes and winds, the MPYO provides a unique, enriching and exciting 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 in addition to

The MPYO concert in Canton begins at 7 p.m. and features 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.

Among the pieces the String Ensemble will perform include "Billy Tell Overture" by Rossini (arr. Richard Meyer), "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead," and "Frosty the Snow Man" while the Sinfonia group will perform (among others) "March of the Meistersingers" by Wagner (arr. Sandra Dackow) and "Nocturne and Rustic Dance" by Mendelssohn (arr. Francis Biletzky).

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Among the songs being performed by the Flute Choir will be "At Christmastide" (traditional) and "We Need a Little Christmas" while the Wind Ensemble will offer (among others) "Motette Ave Verum Corpus" by Mozart and "Little Fugue in G" by Bach.

The Youth Orchestra, made up mostly of high school performers, will present "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Fifth Symphony, IV" by Felix Mendelssohn and  "Radetzky March" by Johann Strauss in a side-by-side with the Sinfonia group.

Tickets for the youth performance are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased at https://www.canton-mi.org/439/Upcoming-Performances.

All of the Philharmonic's concerts are subject to time and date changes as well as health restrictions already in place at the venues listed. To protect everyone involved in their performances the Philharmonic is asking patrons to wear masks during the performances.



Source: Michigan Philharmonic

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