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South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras

The South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras is holding a concert on May 1st. This symphony is filled with talented students of all ages from around the area. There are over 100 students split between the Concert (intermediate) and Symphonic (advanced) orchestras. These students work hard from September to May in order to put on three spectacular concerts, meeting once a week on every Saturday or Sunday (depending on which orchestra they’re in). With only two months of preparation for each concert, they must work and practice diligently to perform at the level they do.

Maxwell Pickenpaugh, a junior here at Mishawaka and a fellow Alltold writer, is the only

MHS representative in the performance, playing the cello in the Symphonic Orchestra. He says one of the songs they will perform, Fanfare of the Stately Pine, is composed by John Griffith, 18, a senior at St. Joe and a French Hornist in the Symphonic Orchestra. Their second piece, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, features Penn’s Jewon Oh, the concertmaster and a 1st violinist of the Symphonic Orchestra. Jewon Oh had won the Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition earlier this year - a competition which allows members of the Youth Symphony to enter and play a piece for select judges in hopes to be able to play this piece at the Youth Symphony’s final concert.

Their final piece is the concert’s feature - a conglomerate of 8 pieces from the Star Wars films, also performed by the Symphonic Orchestra. These pieces include the ever-popular “Main Title” and “Imperial March,” along with “Yoda’s Theme,” “Princess Leia’s Theme,” and “Throne Room.” Also, the Symphonic Orchestra will be playing two pieces from the newest Star Wars film, ‘The Force Awakens,’ “Rey’s Theme” and “The Jedi Steps.”

The Concert Orchestra is also performing three pieces. They are performing Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Movement 3, and Custer’s Star Trek through the Years. All of the pieces, both from the Concert and Symphonic Orchestras, will definitely be worth hearing.

Come see this performance on Sunday, May 1st at 4 o’clock p.m. in IUSB’s Northside Hall.

Tickets are free for students with a student ID. Adult tickets are $4 if pre-purchased by calling the IUSB box office at 574-520-4203, or $6 at the door. Don’t miss out on this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime show!

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