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Youth Orchestra Brings Classical Music Back to Orchestra Hall

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been on strike since its first scheduled rehearsal of the season on October 4. But Orchestra Hall is not sitting quiet. This Sunday, the DSO's Civic Youth Orchestra, a division of the Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE), will present its season opener to anyone looking to feed their classical fix. The 112 local youth on stage will serve as far from a replica of the Orchestra's 84 adult musicians. Nevertheless, Sunday will succeed in bringing classical music to Orchestra Hall for the first time in the 2010-11 season.

The performance, which will be presented from 7:00 p.m. until around 8:30 p.m. (for $12 general admission), will be the first of seven Youth Orchestra concerts this season. Guest violinist Anthony Bracewell will join the young musicians, along with conductor Charles Burke, director of education for the DSO and artistic director of CYE. Pieces to be performed include: John Estacio' s Spring' s Promise, Antonio Vivaldi' s Four Seasons and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4. (More on See pictures of 50 years of Motown)

Sunday's concert will be the Youth Orchestra's first performance since April 24, last season's final show, which was dedicated to celebrating CYE's 40th anniversary. The group has rehearsed for the upcoming show since mid-September.

According to the DSO's education department, there have been no discussions about postponing the CYE program because of the strike. And the staff is beyond eager to bring classical music back to Detroit this weekend. “We're very excited about presenting great music and to offer this music to the community,” said Burke. (More on Read “Why Motown Wants to Save Its Symphonic Soul”)

Along with CYE performances, local music lovers can also attend any of the upcoming concerts put on by the DSO's Jazz Series (click here for upcoming events), another program that is moving forward despite the strike. As for seeing the DSO itself, fans can expect to wait at least another two weeks; all DSO orchestral concerts are cancelled through November 7.

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