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Forsyth Youth Orchestra holding concert Sunday

POSTED: May 15, 2014 12:03 a.m.
 

FORSYTH COUNTY — A group of young musicians will welcome the community to a spring concert Sunday.

From 5 to 6 p.m. at the Forsyth Central High School Performing Arts Center, the Forsyth Youth Orchestra will present “Viva La Vida.”

The group, founded a year ago by local violin instructor Corina Brito, has grown from 15 students last May to 21 students ranging in age from 11 to 18.

The orchestra was started to fill a need in the community for students who play stringed instruments, which aren’t typically part of public school band programs, to have an outlet to perform together and grow their skills.

Brito said the performance level of the group has “clearly evolved” since the orchestra began.

“The repertoire is more difficult today, the musicians’ sound is more cohesive, and their orchestra skills are becoming more second nature,” she said. “On top of it all, they are getting more requests to perform outreach concerts and they have become a community of string musicians.”

Sunday’s concert will offer a range of musical genres, ranging from pieces by Bach and Beethoven to Elton John and the band Cold Play.

Besides the music, the show will also feature work by students in Forsyth Central’s Art II class.

“Each year, the Forsyth Youth Orchestra partners with a school art club to create pieces of art in any medium based on a piece of music performed by the orchestra during the spring concert,” Brito said.

“The artwork becomes an exhibit to be viewed before the concert starts and photos of the artwork are posted on our website.”

This year, she said, the piece of music that was chosen is “French Roast,” a Provencal folk tune.

In addition, Atlanta area dancers Honey Larsen and Kirk Hoefler will be performing a tango as part of the concert.

Tickets to the show can be purchased online at www.forsythyouthorchestra.com.  They are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets can also be bought at the door Sunday, but the price then will be $17 for adults and $12 for students.

Brito said she is hoping for a great turnout Sunday.

“People should come out because the Forsyth Youth Orchestra is our community orchestra,” she said. “It’s nice to not only support these young musicians, but to also develop community around artistic endeavors.”

 

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