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NOYO Performs Winter Program

Posted January 01, 2017 in Press Releases

Elyria—January 1, 2017—The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) has been hard at work after the holidays preparing a program especially challenging for a young ensemble. Titled Elasticity and set to take place on January 22 in Finney Chapel, Oberlin, the concert will feature the Philharmonia Orchestra, Sinfonietta Strings and Amati Strings in music by Borodin, Dvořák, Mason Bates and others.

Mason Bates was recently named the most-performed composer of his generation. His engaging, approachable music often fuses orchestral playing with an electronic backing. The Philharmonia Orchestra will play the fifth movement (“Warehouse Music”) of Bates’s The B-Sides—a work known for its jaunty rhythmic drive—as well as movements from Borodin’s second symphony and Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite.

Peggie Willett will lead the Sinfonietta Strings in Elasticity by Wisconsin-based composer Cyndee Giebler, music by Joshua Reznicow, Dvořák and Carl Strommen.

After some turnover in the organization’s management in the fall, NOYO has welcomed internationally-acclaimed conductor Dr. Octavio Más-Arocas as interim director of the Philharmonia. In May, Dr. David Pope—Elyria High School’s Orchestra Director—will conduct NOYO’s final concert cycle, and the board of trustees will hold interviews at the end of the season to choose a permanent conductor for next season.

Más-Arocas is director of orchestras at Baldwin Wallace University and former director of orchestras at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He earned his doctorate at Bowling Green University and has appeared with numerous orchestras around the U.S. and Europe.

Andrew Machamer, executive and artistic director of NOYO, said that Más-Arocas has challenged the students to tackle more contemporary and more difficult repertoire.

“It has been an absolute pleasure watching Dr. Más-Arocas work with our students on a weekly basis,” Machamer said. “He is a true master of his conducting craft, and I’m looking forward to hearing the product of our students’ hard work in this performance.”

Elasticity begins at 3:30 p.m. January 22, 2017. Tickets are available at or at the door. General admission door prices are $10, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Children 3-years-old and under are free of charge. For more information, please visit or call 440-775-3059.

About NOYO
The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is a regional orchestral training program for young musicians ages 8-18 based at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. NOYO’s ensembles include the Amati Strings, Wind Symphony, Sinfonietta Strings, Rhythm & Brass, and Philharmonia Orchestra, all which perform several major concerts in world-class concert halls each season.

NOYO provides unique opportunities that go beyond performing the standard orchestral literature. Our students routinely premiere newly commissioned works, appear side by side with collegiate orchestras, and participate in large scale, multi-media collaborations with organizations such as the Ohio Dance Theatre, MAD Factory, Choral Spectrum, and Oberlin Choristers. In addition to producing innovative programs, NOYO’s musicians tour nationally and internationally to exchange musical and cultural ideas, form lifelong friendships, and expand their understanding of the broader world.

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