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Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings present their fall concert

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Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra (WSYO) and Junior Strings (WSJS) will present their fall concert 4:00 PM, Sunday, November 14 at the Community Arts Center. The orchestras are an educational outreach program of the WSO. The ensembles rehearse Sundays 4-6:00 PM and new members are welcome.

The Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Matt Radspinner, is a full symphony orchestra including string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentation. Members are in grades 7-12 and are drawn from a five-county region. Selections for the concert include Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Saint-Saëns’s Dance Bacchanale.

Matthew Radspinner is the Williamsport Area High School’s director of orchestras and K-12 music education department chairman. Radspinner is a sought-after clinician, guest conductor and performer on double and electric bass in all styles and venues of music including as an active member of the WSO. A graduate of Williamsport Area High School, he has music degrees from Mansfield and Shenandoah Universities.

The mission of the Williamsport Symphony’s Junior Strings, under the direction of Andrew Jones, is to offer an education in orchestral ensemble playing to young string players in the greater Williamsport area. Students who are young high school, middle school, and advanced elementary school ages are invited to participate. Repertoire for the fall includes Knightsbridge Suite, Highlights from The Greatest Showman, Fascination, and Old Molly Hare. 

Andrew Jones is the Lewisburg Area School District’s orchestra director. He works with students from grades 4-12 and conducts seven orchestras within the district. Professionally, Andrew plays with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and is a much sought-after freelance musician in the region. Andrew graduated from Mansfield University with a bachelor’s in music education and the University of South Carolina with a Master’s in Music Education.

The concert will conclude with a combined ensemble performance of American Landscape by Soon Hee Newbold. The concert is free, open to the public and suitable for all age groups

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