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At the 11th Annual Festival Concert, the PYO Music Institute’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) ensembles will perform, demonstrating their outstanding musical talent. The concert will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. and will be held in Centennial Hall at the Haverford School, located at 750 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford, PA.

PRYSM will perform Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite.  PRYSM Young Artists will perform Alegria by Cunalata, Jupiter from The Planets by Holst / Monday, and Russian Sailors Dance by Glière / Allen.  Both ensembles will also join together and perform an arrangement of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 8 by McCashin.

PRYSM and PRYSM Young Artists ensembles provide string large ensemble and sectional master class instruction for beginning and intermediate musicians ages 6-14. The director and conductor of PRYSM is Gloria DePasquale, cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and conductor of PRYSM Young Artists is Andrea Weber. PRYSM was created in 2007 to offer a unique introduction and preparation for string students to acquire and build skills. PRYSM and PRYSM Young Artists provide string ensemble and sectional master class instruction for intermediate and beginning students in and around the Main Line, with rehearsals hosted at Bryn Mawr College. Graduates of PRYSM have matriculated successfully into other PYO organization ensembles. It was co-founded by the late William dePasquale, Co-Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and current Director, Gloria dePasquale.

Gloria dePasquale is very proud of the students’ accomplishments. She said, “It is very rewarding to observe the growth of our students since the beginning of the school year, and we look forward to showcasing their talent for our guests at the concert in May.”

General admission to this event is $15, and free for students under 18 years of age. For more information, please call (215) 545-0502.