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Youth ensembles perform fall concert

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PORTLAND, Maine –Youth in grade1s 12 and younger from all over the northeast region will perform together in the University of Southern Maine Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Merrill Auditorium on Myrtle St. A suggested donation of $6/$3 will be taken at the door. Sponsored by Macy’s, the USM Youth Ensembles include the the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, the Portland Young People’s String Consort, and the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra. The program includes the PYSO, conducted by Robert Lehmann, performing Symphony No. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” by Alan Hovhannes, and Plovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Peter Martin, will perform the Percy Grainger Children’s March, the Malcolm Arnold Four Scottish Dances, and the Robert Sheldon Danzas Cubanas. The String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski, with the largest membership in its history, will perform four varied pieces, including a full-sounding Fanfare and a bouncy simple Ukrainian folk song. Members of the Consort will have an opportunity to share the melody line in their selections.The Junior Orchestra, conducted by Dino Liva, includwa students of all levels who rehearse and perform repertoire both classic and modernly innovative, challenging their skills, developing musical experience, and gaining from the opportunity to work with esteemed professional musicians, including University of Southern Maine School of Music faculty. For more information about the USM School of Music’s youth programs and auditions, visit www.usm.maine.edu/music. Sign up for e-notices, or visit Facebook as USM School of Music, www.facebook.com/Music.USM.

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