ENGLEWOOD, N.J., Nov. 14, 2013 – The Bergen Youth Orchestra (BYO) Symphony announced its concert schedule for the 2013-14 season, including a season-opening performance on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Bergenfield High School.


The BYO Symphony, comprised of 76 youth musicians ages 8 through 18, features members from Bergen and Rockland counties.


The BYO Symphony, which is entering its 45th year, will also host performances on Saturday, March 1, and Saturday, May 17. The orchestra performs under the direction of conductor Eugene Minor, who has also served as music director since the BYO was founded in 1968. 


The Dec. 8 concert, in the Bergenfield High School auditorium, begins at 4 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the door.  The concert will include performances of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ballet Suite No. 1, Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 99.


The Bergen Youth Orchestra also has two other performance groups: the Philharmonia and Concert Strings. Membership in the BYO is determined competitive auditions, and musicians are placed into a performance group based on their skill level. The Symphony is the most advanced.


The intermediate Philharmonia and the Concert Strings are scheduled to perform in two concerts separate from the BYO Symphony, and will join the Symphony in the May 17 season-ending performance.


 “We’re fortunate to have a group of young musicians who are both talented and dedicated to making fine music,” said Minor. “Previous Bergen Youth Orchestras have set the bar extremely high in terms of quality, and we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of fine performances.”


About the Bergen Youth Orchestras


The Bergen Youth Orchestras, based in Englewood, N.J., was founded in 1968 and prides itself on allowing capable students the ability to work in a professional environment. The non-profit orchestras are dedicated to providing young musicians with exceptional training and the opportunity to perform diverse orchestral literature. Students are exposed to music that is both energetic and artistically distinguished. The BYO has performed under music director Eugene Minor in many distinguished venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. For more information, visit BYO’s website at http://www.bergenyouthorchestra.org.

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