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PYMO to Perform at Temple Performing Arts Center on Jan. 19

The Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO) will perform at The Temple Performing Arts Center, located at 1837 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, on Saturday January 19, 2019 at 4 p.m. An ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the PYMO concert will feature a variety of classical music selections under their distinguished conductor and director, Kenneth Bean. Featured compositions will include Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville, Vaughn-Williams' English Folk Song Suite, Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 1, Op. 46 and Haydn's Symphony No. 104. This is a free event. For more information, please call 215-545-0502.

PYMO is the newest educational offering of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization. It is a beginning- to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra that provides most students with their first introduction to large orchestral playing. Bean is eager to assist in fostering the development of these talented young musicians. He said, It is inspiring to watch all of the students grow throughout the rehearsal process. It is their intense determination that will serve them well as they progress as musicians. I look forward to sharing their upcoming performance experience with them and the audience.

PYMO is often the first full orchestral playing experience for the wind, brass, and percussion students. While some of the players matriculate from other PYO ensembles, like PRYSM, Tune Up Philly, or other string orchestra programs that offer ensemble experience, many of the students are new. Through a repertoire including both arrangements and original masterworks, students are challenged to hone their talents for listening, blending, balancing, and making music within the full orchestral context. Principal players are also encouraged to develop leadership skills, and less-experienced players learn from their peers and PYO's acclaimed professional faculty. PYMO prepares its members for participation in Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra and, eventually, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.