BYSO on Parade

Next month, on Sunday, March 22nd at 3pm, BYSO will present BYSO on Parade, featuring more than 500 BYSO young musicians. Symphony Hall will be transformed into an explosion of children, music, families, and fun as Vira Slywotsky, host and narrator, will talk you through the afternoon of music. There is an interactive aspect as well, introducing audience members to the instruments of the orchestra and what it means to be a performing musician. The concert will culminate with a performance of Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra from BYSO’s most advanced orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony conducted by Federico Cortese.

Featuring: All BYSO ensembles!

BOSTON YOUTH SYMPHONYFederico Cortese, Conductor – BRITTEN, A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

REPERTORY ORCHESTRA – Mark Miller, Conductor – Holst, Jupiter from “The Planets” 

JUNIOR REPERTORY ORCHESTRA – John Holland, Conductor – Beethoven, Overture to Consecration of the House 

PREPARATORY WINDS – Janet Underhill, Conductor – Beethoven, Zapfenstreich March

YOUNG PEOPLE’S STRING ORCHESTRA – Marta Żurad, Conductor – Copland, Ching-A-Ring Chaw from “Old American Songs” and Shostakovich, Spanish Dance

PETIT ENSEMBLE – Marta Żurad, Conductor – Arr. O’Reilly, Saturday at the Symphony and Bartok Hungarian Wedding Dance from “Six Bartok Miniatures” 

Vira Slywotzky, Host and Narrator

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Fun Facts!

  • Jupiter, from The Planets, was often played as a finale to concerts to create a happy ending to the evening
  • By seven years old, Beethoven was already playing piano and violin flawlessly and was giving public performances
  • Consecration of the House is actually the second overture to The Ruins of Athens
  • The Zapfenstreich originated in the military as a sign of the end of the day
  • Shostakovich loved soccer and was a certified referee
  • Bartók was very interested in folk music and a lot of his work was inspired by this style of music