BENEFITING: EMPIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA
ORGANIZER: EMPIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA
EVENT DATE: Feb 07, 2015
EMPIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA wrote -
A Musical Extravaganza - Empire State Youth Orchestras’ Playathon 2015
Playathon is an annual fund- and friend-raiser for Empire State Youth Orchestras’ (ESYO’s) program of high-quality music education and performance opportunities for young musicians from the greater Capital Region of upstate New York and western New England.
Playathon brings every ESYO group to Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY, to play music throughout the day and entertain shoppers for free. During the event, shoppers and passers-by toss dollar bills from an upper level down on to the orchestra. They can also bid to win the conductor’s baton and actually lead the orchestra! And, at our musical petting zoo, kids from one to . . . well, lots more than one, can try out the saxophone or flute or violin or trombone they have always wanted to play.
To make the event a real success, each ESYO musician is expected to raise at least $50 before Playathon day, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2015, this year. .Net proceeds are used to pay for: professional musicians who direct and coach our nine groups; the wonderful concert halls in which our musicians perform; renting and purchasing music; and moving the timpani to the concert hall and more . . . everything that goes along with producing about 30 public performances each season. ESYO consist of two full symphonic orchestras, a wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz bands, and three percussion ensembles, as well as a free music education program for inner-city middle-school children.
2015 Playathon Schedule
11:15 – 12:15 – Percussion Ensembles
12:25 – 12:50 – City Instruments
1:00 – 1:30 – Wind Orchestra – with Auction to win the baton and lead the ensemble
1:40 – 2:10 – String Ensemble – with Auction to win the baton and lead the ensemble
2:20 – 2:55 – Youth Orchestra – with Auction to win the baton and lead the ensemble
3:00 – 3:30 – Rep Orchestra – with Auction to win the baton and lead the ensemble
3:35 – 4:05 – Youth Orchestra – with Auction to win the baton and lead the ensemble
4:25 – 4:40 – Rep Jazz Ensemble
4:45 – 5:05 – Youth Jazz Ensemble
5:20 – 5:50 – Rep Orchestra – with Auction to win the baton and lead the ensemble
5:55 – 6:30 – Youth Orchestra - with Auction to win the baton and lead the ensemble
About Empire State Youth Orchestras: Winner of three prestigious national awards from ASCAP, ESYO is an umbrella organization comprised of two full symphonic orchestras, a wind orchestra, a string ensemble, three percussion ensembles, two jazz ensembles, and an inner-city music training program. Started in 1979 with a single orchestra of 81 young musicians, ESYO now counts over 300 students from eastern New York and western New England in its membership. A not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, ESYO provides high-quality music education and performance opportunities to young musicians and helps them develop leadership qualities while also teaching them the importance of making a positive contribution to society. ESYO is well known for its Youth Orchestra’s participation in CBS 6’s Melodies of Christmas (benefit concerts that support the pediatric oncology program at Albany Medical Center). ESYO ensembles give approximately 30 public performances a year, including a free concert for seniors and concerts for young people. In 2013, ESYO was named Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council’s Nonprofit Organization of the Year (for organizations of fewer than 75 employees) in recognition of ESYO’s positive contributions to the vitality of the region. For more information about ESYO, please call the ESYO office at (518) 382-7581 or visit www.esyo.org.
For more information about ESYO, please call the ESYO office at (518) 382-7581 or visit www.esyo.org.