America/New_York America/New_York America/New_York 20171105T020000 -0400 -0500 20181104T020000 EST 20180311T020000 -0500 -0400 EDT 20180424T162310Z Jonathan Brennand, Artistic & Executive Director; 508 - 281 - WYSO (9976);; Worcester Youth Orchestras’ anniversary season under the direction of Jonathan Edward Brennand continues on May 20 at Mechanics Hall with a 70th Anniversary Alumni Concert. The evening will feature the Worcester Youth Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra’s Alumni Orchestra, as well as the Worcester Chorus, Nashoba Valley Chorale and Auburn High School Choirs. Alumni of the WYO’s prestigious programs from as far back as 1947 will join the ensembles and be in the audience. The concert will include the world premiere of two works commissioned by WYO to commemorate this anniversary: “Fanfare” by Hansani Archibald and “Spiral Labyrinth” by composer, arranger and performer Josh Oxford. The program will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” and works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be in attendance to present the inaugural Robert Kennedy Community Service Award to Robert Kennedy, executive director of Mechanics Hall. Tickets are on sale now at The Robert Kennedy Community Service Award recognizes individuals who provide outstanding opportunities and support for young people in Central Massachusetts,” said Brennand. “Bob Kennedy’s unwavering support and mentorship has enabled WYO to flourish. It is the perfect time, as our 70th Anniversary coincides with his year of retirement, that we honor him and his service to the Greater Worcester community. We will present this award annually to an individual in the community that upholds these values.”  Performing 30 concerts each season to audiences over 8,000 strong, the WYO has become a cherished institution in Massachusetts. It has been and continues to be a source of hope and inspiration to the nearly 4,500 student musicians who have performed in the various ensembles over the decades.   RIMSKY-KORSAKOV     Dance of the Tumblers  Jack Corbett, Conductor  Symphony, Philharmonic & Alumni/ae Orchestras TCHAIKOVSKY     Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Bradford Chase, Guest Conductor  Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra & Alumni/ae SIBELIUS     Finlandia Jack Corbett, Conductor Worcester Youth Philharmonic OXFORD Spiral Labyrinth (World Premiere) Commissioned by the WY Philharmonic for the 70th Anniversary Jack Corbett, Conductor Worcester Youth Philharmonic BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” Mvt. IV: Choral Finale Jonathan Edward Brennand, Conductor Dana Varga, soprano  Emily Harmon, mezzo-soprano  Omar Najmi, tenor Ryne Cherry, bass ​ Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra The Worcester Chorus, Chris Shepherd, Artistic Director Nashoba Valley Chorale, Anne Watson Born, Artistic Director Auburn High School Concert Choir, Nick LaPete, Director Please join us for a reception following the performance Tickets: 20180520T160000 20180520T170000 Mechanics Hall @ 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608 0 The Worcester Youth Orchestras Celebrating our 70th Anniversary Serving more than 200 aspiring young musicians in Central Massachusetts and enriching the cultural life of 8,000 concertgoers each season. external thumbnail;;450;300,medium;;450;300,large;;450;300,full;;450;300 $15