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AYO Side-by-Side Concert

March 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm

The Akron Youth Orchestras will present their Side-by-Side Concert at the Medina Performing Arts Center.

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AYO Side-by-Side Concert


March 10, 2019
3:00 pm
Free – $35.00
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Medina Performing Arts Center
851 Weymouth Rd
Medina, OH 44256 United States
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The Akron Youth Orchestras will present a Side-by-Side Concert on March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Medina Performing Arts Center.

The concert will open with the Akron Youth Philharmonic, under the baton of Music Director Douglas Bayda, performing Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and Ravel’s The Enchanted Garden.

The Akron Youth Symphony, under the baton of Music Director Eric Benjamin, will follow with Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville and popular selections from Schubert’s Symphony No. 8.

Musicians from both groups will then combine to perform Gliere’s Russian Sailors’ Dance from The Red Poppy, as well as the Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof.

Following the concert, the Akron Symphony Guild will host a complimentary reception.

Tickets, which are required for the performance, are $10; children age 10 and younger are free. Tickets may be purchased online, by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131, or at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.

Tickets purchased the week of the concert will be available at the Will Call table on the day of the performance. All ticket sales are final.

The Medina Performing Arts Center is located at 851 Weymouth Road in Medina.

Eric Benjamin, conductor
Douglas Bayda, conductor

Dvořák Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
Ravel The Enchanted Garden
Rossini Overture to The Barber of Seville
Zahab Circular Dancing
Schubert Symphony No. 8 (excerpts)
Gliere Russian Sailors’ Dance
Bock Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof

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Did You Know?

Composed in 1878, Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, catapulted the composer to fame outside of Bohemia. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

Italian composer Gioachino Rossini brought an end to the old order in Italian opera by creating a foundation for the Romantics through his emphasis on advancing the drama through music, without abandoning the art of “beautiful singing.” (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

Maurice Ravel found raw material for his compositions wherever he looked, and his music expresses itself in the transformation and shaping of conventional ideas into the most viscerally exciting of musical gestures. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

About the Musicians

The Akron Youth Symphony is one of the finest youth orchestras in Ohio and is the flagship ensemble of the Akron Youth Orchestra program. The Akron Youth Symphony provides an outstanding pre-professional educational experience for advanced music students. (Learn more.)

For the past 33 years, the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Akron Public Schools have co-sponsored the Akron Youth Philharmonic, which has provided the opportunity for talented students to perform a wide variety of orchestral literature with their peers. The Youth Philharmonic is geared toward sixth through ninth graders, but is open to all qualified middle and high school students from area school districts, as well as home-schooled students. (Learn more.)

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