Toledo Youth Orchestra celebrates 60th Season

Posted Oct 13th, 2009 by Jessica Aeschliman  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


TOLEDO, OH – Now celebrating its 60th year, the Toledo Youth Orchestra’s (TYO) first concert is this Sunday, October 18th at 4PM in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. The concert will feature a world premiere of Timothy Stulman’s Glass, as well as favorites like Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Smetana’s The Moldau. The 2009-2010 concert and anniversary year also marks the debut of the Toledo Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta. The Sinfonietta was formed this fall to accommodate the growing demand for youth orchestra involvement in Northwest Ohio and to elevate the level of playing in both groups. This year, the TYO and TYO Sinfonietta experienced the largest turnout for auditions to date.

According to Dr. Kenneth Thompson, director of the TYO, “When the Toledo Symphony assumed management of the Youth Orchestra, we set a goal of dramatically increasing performing opportunities for all students in the region. We’ve now grown by about 40%, and when audiences see the Sinfonietta on Sunday, they will see and hear this success in action.”

There are 133 students combined in both programs. Students are represented by 28 area schools, grades 9-12. Students drive to Monday night rehearsals from as far away as Findlay, Norwalk and Blissfield. The TYO is directed by Ken Thompson; the Sinfonietta is directed by Wasim Hawary–with assistant conductors Mark Irwin and Bryan Troutman.

Mr. Hawary is a new member of the TYO staff, but he is not new to the Toledo area, as he conducts the orchestras at both Scott and Start High Schools.

“I’m very excited to be working with this group of very talented young musicians,” says Mr. Hawary, “One of the greatest benefits of working with musicians at this age level is the developing passion in their playing. This is the time in their lives when all sorts of new experiences, feelings, emotions and different forms of expression are really beginning to develop, and it is visible in their interpretations and performance of the music.“

The TYO and Sinfonietta will perform five concerts, including a holiday pops on November 23rd and featuring a side-by-side with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) on March 28th. All of the students participate in regularly scheduled clinics with the TSO, and many of the youth orchestra members study privately with TSO musicians.

TYO regular season concerts are free and open to the public (including this Sunday’s performance). The TYO Holiday Pops and Side-By-Side (Spotlight!) are ticketed events.

For more information, please call Jessica Aeschliman, TSO Education Director, at 419-418-0022.

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