Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents special winter concert in Plymouth's PARC

Performance features nearly 100 youth musicians in five groups

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

Led by Hektor 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 performing with the main Philharmonic several times a season.

The MPYO concert in Plymouth begins on Tuesday, December 6 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.

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The pieces the String Ensemble will perform include "Dance of the Tumblers" by Rimsky-Korsakov, "Dragon Dances" by Newbold, and "Holiday Shortcuts" by Michael Story while the Sinfonia group will perform "Highlights from Beauty and the Beast" by Alan Menken and "Sinfonia No. 2, D-Dur I" by Mendelssohn.

Among the songs being performed by the Flute Choir will be "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" by Tchaikovsky and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Lombardi while the Wind Ensemble will offer themes from "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky and "I Wonder as I Wander" by Niles.

The Youth Symphony, made up mostly of high school performers, will present "Symphony No.2, B Minor, IV, Finale" by Borodin, "Suite No. 1, II" by Bizet and "L'Arlesienne, Suite No. 2, Farandole" by Bizet.

Tickets for the youth performance are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased at:  https://michiganphil.networkforgood.com/events/50162-mpyo-winter-concert-2022 (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__michiganphil.networkforgood.com_events_50162-2Dmpyo-2Dwinter-2Dconcert-2D2022&d=DwQFAg&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=c57LpqTVlxPcFcNZTYsQwIjLY0gIuwg_0dHjWui9HoA&m=bw...)

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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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