On June 1, 2014, the musicians of the PYO Music Institute presented the third and final performance at the Kimmel Center in celebration of its 74th Anniversary Season.  Led by Maestro Louis Scaglione, PYO performed Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from his haunting opera, Peter Grimes.  The orchestra welcomed mezzo soprano Chrystal E. Williams to the stage in a performance of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, an elegant musical portrayal of the sea that was during his time, Elgar’s second most popular work.  The performance concluded with Holst’s The Planets, a musical odyssey through our solar system depicting the planets through Holst’s lush orchestrations.

The performance also included the inaugural Ovation Award ceremony, hosted by Jack Moore, of WRTI.  Chosen by a panel, consisting of representatives from regional universities, colleges, and conservatories, the Grand Prize Winner selected was William Cain, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.  The other esteemed finalists included were Derek Barnes, Thomas Elliott, Elizabeth Kaderabek, Anthony Prisk, Hirono Oka, Angela Riggs, Kimberly Rowe, Shelley Beard Schleigh, and Byrnina Socolofsky.

The Ovation Award for Inspiration and Outstanding Leadership in Music Education honors an outstanding music teacher in the Delaware Valley Region who, while imparting musical knowledge, builds character, self-confidence and capabilities that position students for success in every aspect of their lives.  It is presented an endowed by H.E.L.P. ® Foundation and sponsored by Jacobs Music Company, J.W. Pepper and WRTI-90.1 FM.