Toledo Youth Orchestras to perform at Peristyle

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The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras (TSYO) are composed of the most talented young musicians from various areas of Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan. The opportunity to perform with a group of musicians who share a similar dedication to musicianship and quality of performance is a great supplemental experience for serious young artists. On February 4, at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater, the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras will perform their second concert of the season.

The performance on Sunday afternoon will feature the TSYO’s Symphonic Orchestra and Concert Strings ensemble, conducted by Patrick Barrett and the Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Wasim Hawary. Winners of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras Solo Competition, Erin Gardiner and Cole Habekost, kick off the program with pre-concert music beginning at 1:40 p.m. Ms. Gardiner, a senior at Perrysburg High School, will perform the second movement of Barber’s Violin Concerto and Mr. Habekost, a Toledo School for the Art senior at Waterville, will perform the first movement of Wieniawski’s Concerto No. 2, both accompanied by Clint Fox.

The TSYO will perform selections by eminent composers Jean Sibelius, Modest Mussorgsky, William Rand, principal horn player of the Philharmonic Orchestra, and more.

On February 10, the TSYO Concert Strings will travel to Columbus, Ohio to perform at the 2018 Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference. Additional upcoming TSYO performances include a Side by Side concert with the Toledo Symphony on March 4, at 4 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater, and a Pops concert on April 30, at 7 p.m. at Maumee High School’s Performing Arts Center.

To become a member of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras, students must audition to be placed in one of three ensembles, the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, or the Concert Strings ensemble. The Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras serve as full orchestral experiences while the Concert Strings ensemble is dedicated to preparing string students for more complex repertoire.

The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras concert on February 4 at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Joan Weiler, Youth Orchestras Coordinator at or visit