2010-12-09 / Scene

FSPA ensembles present programs

Above, the FYT Youth Symphony Orchestra. Michael Gieske, right, will be the Youth Symphony Orchestra’s special guest. He is the Flint School of Performing Arts Concerto competition winner. Photos provided Above, the FYT Youth Symphony Orchestra. Michael Gieske, right, will be the Youth Symphony Orchestra’s special guest. He is the Flint School of Performing Arts Concerto competition winner. Photos provided GENESEE COUNTY — Students from the Flint Institute of Music’s Flint School of Performing Arts’ (FSPA) ensembles will perform three different concerts.

All performances are free and will take place at Goodrich High School, 8029 Gale Rd. in Goodrich. Each year, the ensembles take their talent out to the community to collaborate and share their concert with host ensembles.

Members of these youth ensembles represent the most talented and dedicated young musicians from throughout the region. Students travel from Waterford, Columbiaville, Metamora, Flushing, Holly, Owosso and many other towns to rehearse and perform together.

Upcoming performances include:

DEC. 10 AT 7 P.M. — Under the direction of Davin Pierson Torre, the 75 musicians of The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra with special guest and Flint School of Performing Arts Concerto Competition Winner Michael Gieske, bassoon, will combine their talents for this enjoyable concert. Gieske will perform Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B flat Major with the FYSO. Also performing will be the Goodrich High School Chamber Winds.

The orchestras will combine to perform selections from the ballet, Gayane, including the very popular Sabre Dance.

DEC. 11 AT 4 P.M. — The Flint Youth String Orchestra, conducted by Julia Harris; Flint Festival Youth Chorus, conducted by Sylvia Pittman, and the Flint Youth Philharmonia, conducted by Alesia Byrd will perform many seasonal favorites. The audience will enjoy a variety of music, including Welcome the Holiday, March of the Nutcracker, and the Star Wars Main Theme.

DEC. 11 AT 7:30 P.M. — The Flint Youth Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jamal Duncan along with the Goodrich High School Wind Ensemble, will present a concert featuring a variety of wind band pieces.

The entire ensemble program at the FSPA is funded in part by the James A. Welch Foundation and The Whiting Foundation. — G.G.

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