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South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrates 45 Years

sbysoThe South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 45th anniversary season with a performance on Sunday, May 5, in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall. The concert included performances by the South Bend Youth Concert Orchestra and the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra.

“We are thrilled that our students in both orchestras are working with local, living composers; this is a rare and inspiring opportunity, particularly for school-aged students,” said Carrie Cimildoro-Beem, executive director of the organization.

The South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras are a collaborative project in the Michiana community with the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. The South Bend Youth Orchestras were formed in an effort to provide young musicians with an opportunity to rehearse and perform in a larger ensemble. The anniversary performance included a commemorative video produced by alumnus orchestra member David Beem.

The South Bend Youth Concert Orchestra performed “Two Sketches for Orchestra” by Clare Grundman, “March and Procession” from Bacchus by Leo Delibes, arranged by Merle Isaac, and “Skit for Orchestra” by Zae Munn who is a faculty member at St. Mary's College. Emilie Grondin directs the South Bend Youth Concert Orchestra.

The South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Robert Boardman, presented Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” They also presented the first movement from Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Violin Concerto No. 3” featuring the 2012-13 Concerto Competition winner, Kirill Gillespie. They also presented “A Stanislaus Overture” by Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis.

For more information on the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras and for a list of upcoming performances, visit www.sbyso.org