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Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra to perform May 20
Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra to perform May 20

Tampa, Florida -- The Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra will present its spring concert on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the TECO Theater at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

Under the batons of Principal Conductor Stephen P. Brown and Associate Conductor Catherine Michelsen, the acclaimed Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra will present great music from the classics to modern.

The concert will begin with a performance by Suzuki violin students, followed by the Intermezzo Orchestra performing several selections, including “Contredanse” by Larry Clark.

Earlier this year, the Patel Conservatory Composers' Orchestra launched its 2013 Composers' Initiative by inviting composers to submit their scores of chamber orchestra pieces. Out of the scores received from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Australia, these three were chosen to be performed by the PCYO in this spring concert:  "Sunshine Music" by Greg Bartholomew, "Cold Eye" by Alan Taylor and "Passacaglia" by Ian Frederick.

Another highlight will be an original marimba concerto by Brown, in which local marimba player Glenda Lopez will perform the solo.

Regularly priced tickets start at $10 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.

The not-for-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. Each year, the lives of more than 50,000 children are enriched in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs. The conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels. Registration, tour scheduling and more information are available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 813.222.1002.


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