Contemporary Youth Orchestra Kicks Off 29th Season with Intergalactic

Sat 11/2 @ 7PM

If you’re not familiar with the great work the Contemporary Youth Orchestra has been doing for the past 3 decades, you may want to check out some of the articles, stories, listings, videos and interviews produced by CoolCleveland over the years here, as we have found ourselves to be massive fans of this organization and their work.

They work with the best students in the region, ages 13-18, with a focus on accessibility and equity, offering them real-world experiences with contemporary classical music from the past 100 years. After a rigorous audition process, students work on masterworks of the contemporary classical repertoire, performing new music recently composed, and working with major artists in the fields of rock, jazz and contemporary music.

In recent years, CYO students have had the opportunity to perform and collaborate on live performances and recordings with artists such as Brazilian performer Luca Mundaca, Chris Thile of Nickle Creek & The Punch Brothers, Cleveland legend Michael Stanley and major acts such as Jefferson Starship, Kenny Loggins, Graham Nash, Bootsie Collins, Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge and Styx.

Often students are educated on the real-world professional techniques of laying down tracks in a world-class recording studio, or in synching their sounds with a live film.

To kick off their 29th season, CYO is once again synching their performances with visual effects from feature films The Martian, Alien, Stargate, and Independence Day, among others in a program entitled Intergalactic: A Symphony Journey Through the Cosmos.

Expect a program in the acoustically brilliant Tri-C Metro Auditorium that will stimulate the eyes and the ears, and support this group knowing that they have spent the past 3 decades bringing regional young artists up to the level of performing with the best in the world of music.


Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus, Cleveland, OH 44115



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