FLINT – The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on March 20 at 3 p.m. to preview musical selections they will perform on their tour of France in April. The concert will be held at The Whiting; tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and may be purchased online or at the door. tickets.thewhiting.com/single/ PSDetail.aspx?psn=6759
“We hosted our two French sister orchestras often and are excited to collaborate with them again this year,” stated Davin Pierson Torre, conductor of the FYSO and director of the Flint School of Performing Arts. “The international trips provide an exciting opportunity for FYSO musicians to learn from their peers in other countries in addition to experiencing the world around them.”
FYSO will perform eight concerts during their France tour, including stops in Paris and Lyon. Program highlights will include Holst’s The Planets and music from Star Wars.
“I think music is a very unique language seeing as the root of music is familiar to all. To learn the instrument, you must learn all of the rules; to play music you forget all the rules and simply play from the heart,” stated Anna Anderson, FYSO viola player. “On this trip I am looking forward to building new relationships and strengthening old ones through the universal language of music which brings us all together.”
Student musicians in FYSO are presented with opportunities for international collaboration and friendships through travel and exchange programs. Over the years, relationships have been developed with youth orchestras in England, Ireland, Japan and France, with FYSO traveling overseas every other year, and hosting fellow musicians here in mid-Michigan on alternate years.
Young musicians can audition to be a part of the orchestra, one of the ensemble programs of the Flint School of Performing Arts. Ensemble auditions will be held this spring, May 14.
Details: Call 810-238-1350, ext. 3. — G.G.