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NOYO Opens Season with Music of Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Bizet

Posted October 02, 2017 in Press Releases

Northern Ohio Youth Ensembles to perform back-to-back concerts Oct. 22, 2017

LORAIN COUNTY, OH—With two seasons of explosive growth under its belt, Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra is preparing to kick off its 2017-2018 season with a pair of concerts on Oct. 22. The first performance is at 1:30 p.m. and features the Amati Strings, the Wind Symphony and the Sinfonietta Strings. Downbeat for the second performance is 4:00 p.m. with NOYO’s flagship ensemble, the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Both concerts take place in Warner Concert Hall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

“It’s been incredible to watch our enrollment almost double in recent years,” said Andrew Machamer, executive and artistic director of NOYO. “With more students and a larger budget, these concerts will allow us to publicly demonstrate the increasing quality of these programs.”

During the 1:30 p.m. concert, Katie Holaway will conduct the Amati Strings, while Machamer leads the Wind Symphony and Peggie Willett directs the Sinfonietta Strings. The ensembles will perform individually before combining to play Alabama-based composer Robert W. Smith’s The Tempest.

David Pope will lead the 4:00 p.m. concert, his first as permanent director of the Philharmonia Orchestra. The repertoire comprises Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco, selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1, Scene No. 1 from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, Swan Lake, and the “Danse Bacchanale” from Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah.

“David has done an amazing job working with our students,” Machamer said. “His leadership and musical knowledge from the podium is impressive and you can see the enthusiasm he is able to foster within the ensemble.”

Each concert includes a short intermission, and there will be roughly one hour between concerts. A single ticket grants admittance to both performances. 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.

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 multimedia 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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