Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents Season Premiere Concert Sunday Nov. 20

Monday Nov 7th, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, MASS., NOV. 7, 2016 — Take the word “youth” out of their name, and audiences will get a much better picture of the professional performance in store for them from the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (SSYO). The 140 student musicians who will be performing in their Season Premiere Concert on Nov. 20 are as accomplished and polished as their professional name-sakes.


The Springfield Youth Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Lam, and the Springfield Youth Sinfonia, conducted by Marsha Hassett, will be performing classical pieces composed by well-known composers, including Handel, Verdi and Liszt in their premiere, and with this first public performance, will be transformed from music students to musicians.

Concert-goers will be treated to a first-class concert that is an ideal educational family event, and they are sure to grow in appreciation and knowledge of orchestral music.

Musicians for the Youth Orchestra, who went through a rigorous audition to obtain their spots, range in ages from 8 – 18 years old, hailing from 29 cities and towns in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.


The program begins at 3 p.m. at Belchertown High School and will feature:

  • Franz von Suppé’s Light Calvary Overture

  • Jacques Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne  

  • George Frideric Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon

  • Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco Overture

  • Franz Liszt’s Rakoczy March

  • Léo Delibes’s Sylvia Ballet Suite


Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youths and seniors and are available at the door, beginning at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the SSYO call (413) 733-0636 ext.119 or email ssyo@springfieldsymphony.org


The SSYO will perform two additional concerts this season:

  • Winter Concert: Feb. 12, 2017, 3 p.m. at Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, Mass.

  • Season Finale: May 21, 2017, 3 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall


The Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras (SSYO) consists of two merit-based orchestral ensembles sponsored by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for talented young musicians (to age 19) who hail from Mass., Conn. & Vt. Founded in 1944, the SSYO strives to provide young musicians with unique performance and educational opportunities.