Fox Valley Youth Orchestras plan fall concerts

October 3, 2008

The Fox Valley Symphony Youth Symphony, conducted by Gary Wolfman, will present their Fall Concert on Sunday, November 9th at 4:00 pm in Lawrence Memorial Chapel. This performance will include Romantic Symphony #2 by Howard Hanson, Promise of Living and Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland and conclude with Make Our Garden Grow by Leonard Bernstein. This concert will feature the 247 members of the high school choirs from Appleton East, North, West and Kaukauna as well as guest narrator, Ronald C. Dunlap, Coordinator of Minority Services for the Appleton Area School District. This presentation of the Lincoln portrait will be an early tribute to the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln and offers general seating. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $6 for students, and will be available through the Fox Valley Symphony Office at 968-0300 or at Heid Music in early October.

The Fox Valley Symphony’s Philharmonia Strings Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Austin, will perform their fall concert with the Lawrence Academy of Music ASTRO Orchestra, conducted by Carrie Gruselle on Sunday, November 16th at 3:00 pm in Lawrence Memorial Chapel. This joint concert will feature the talents of the Fox Cities Middle School string students and also offers general seating. All tickets are $6 and will be available through the Lawrence University Box Office at 920-832-6749.

The Youth Symphony, our full orchestra conducted by Gary Wolfman, was founded in 1974 and serves, on average, 100 students each year from grades 9-12. This group of young musicians performs two concerts per season - one in fall and one in spring. They often perform on tours and exchanges and have participated in clinics. While on tour, they perform in local schools, businesses and assisted living facilities. The tour gives the Youth Symphony an opportunity to give back to the Fox Valley and provides an exceptional educational experience for all students.

The Philharmonia Strings, our string orchestra conducted by Greg Austin, was founded in 1979 and serves, an average, 70 students from grades 7 - 10. This group performs with the Youth Symphony at the Fall and Spring concerts. They also participate in our weekend retreat, sectionals and master classes. Touring was added to this group in 2007.

Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO) is conducted by Carrie Gruselle and is open to fifth-through eighth-grade string students interested in preparing and performing music at a high level. Emphases are the development of reading and beginning ensemble skills. ASTRO's schedule includes weekly rehearsals, 2 performances a year and a touring opportunity to area schools.

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