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Youth orchestra presents “An Evening of Harmony” online


The 80th anniversary celebration of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) will take place virtually.

“An Evening of Harmony” will share appreciation of the past and preparation for the future. Originally planned as a gala event scheduled for last March, the program will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19. Live on Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Facebook page, the evening will focus on reflection, harmony, and unity within the community.

Produced by event planner Fred Stein, the one-hour virtual program will be co-hosted by Maestro Louis Scaglione, president and music director of PYO, and Ehren Valme, a recent alumnus of PYO who is studying at the Juilliard School.

The evening will recognize the spirit of unity through music as PYO rejoices in the accomplishments of students and reaffirms its commitment to building a stronger community through excellence in music education.

Included in the presentations will be a historic look at the past 80 years with appreciation of the importance of diversity and an announcement about the future by PYO Board of Trustees Chairman James M. Matour.

The evening will include musical performances and the presentation of a variety of awards, including the 7th annual Ovation Award, which recognizes excellence in music education. Ten finalists will be named, with a surprise presentation outside the home of this year’s Ovation Award recipient.