EMPIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA via Crowdrise
February 08, 2014
BENEFITING: EMPIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA
EVENT DATE: Feb 08, 2014
A Musical Extravaganza - Empire State Youth Orchestras’ Playathon 2014
FREE MUSIC ALL DAY! AUCTIONS TO WIN THE BATON AND CONDUCT THE ORCHESTRA! MUSICAL PETTING ZOO!
Playathon is an annual friend- and fund-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. Net proceeds from Playathon 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;
- moving the timpani to the concert hall and more . . . all that goes along with producing about 30 public performances each season.
Our groups consist of two full symphonic orchestras, a wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz bands, and three percussion ensembles. ESYO also has a free music education program for inner-city middle-school children.
More than 300 + Musicians! 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 – many aiming for the bell of the tuba! They can also bid to win the conductor’s baton and actually lead the orchestra! And kids from one to one hundred and one can try out the saxophone or flute or violin or trombone they have always wanted to play at our musical petting zoo.
Why do we do Playathon? It's our chance to showcase the breadth and depth of our program - it's pretty amazing to hear and see these young musicians perform pretty fantastic music! And Playathon is one way we raise funds to help pay for the cost of the program; tuition and concert ticket sales only cover about 40% of our budget so Playathon really helps us financially!.
To make the event a real success, ESYO musicians are asked to get as many donations as possible before Playathon day, scheduled for Feb. 8, 2014 this year. We hope you'll help us reach our goal!!! THANKS!! Check us out at esyo.org