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UMC and WSYO present ‘Orchestral Rock Project II’

Orchestral rock returns

January 1, 2012
dsp Staff reports , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The Uptown Music Collective and the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra will team up once again to present "Orchestral Rock Project II" on Jan. 7. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., and feature highlights from last year's performance, alongside new arrangements of classics from Fiona Apple, Pink Floyd, Regina Spektor and Metallica.

A year ago, students from the Uptown Music Collective and the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra took the stage together for the first time to present the "Orchestral Rock Project." That highly successful performance, funded through a grant from the Williamsport-Lycoming Community Foundation, featured the orchestra and rock groups from the Collective powering their way through orchestral rock classics like the Moody Blues' "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band" and The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever." It also forged an enduring relationship between the two youth-centered organizations that has culminated in a retreat-concert together this past summer, as well as this upcoming concert.

Rock music in all of its rebellious nature, has always had an illicit love affair with the orchestra. Early rock songs routinely featured extensive string and horn arrangements. As rock grew, so did this relationship, ultimately inspiring great music from a wide variety of rock artists from Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Beatles and the Electric Light Orchestra, to recent releases by Metallica, Kiss and Collective Soul.

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The Uptown Music Collective and the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra will team up once again to present “Orchestral Rock Project II” on Jan. 7. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., and feature highlights from last year’s performance, alongside new arrangements of classics from Fiona Apple, Pink Floyd, Regina Spektor and Metallica.

"It is an incredible experience for our students to have this amazing opportunity to play rock music on stage with a symphony orchestra" said Dave Brumbaugh, executive director of the Uptown Music Collective. "Last year's concert was so well-received by the audience that we knew we needed to do it again. We have enjoyed getting to know the members of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra over this past year of working together and although the WSYO has gone through a leadership change," stated Brumbaugh, "the organization has remained committed to this project. We look forward to taking the stage with them again and making this great music together."

Tickets for the performance are $10 in advance and $15 at the door with the proceeds benefiting the Uptown Music Collective and the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets are available at The Uptown Music Collective 848 W. Fourth St., and The Community Arts Center Box Office, as well as Alabaster Coffee, 410 Pine St., and K & S Music, 1116 W. Southern Ave., South Williamsport.

For more information about "Orchestral Rock Project II" or the Uptown Music Collective, visit www.uptownmusic.org/mediaroom or call 570-329-0888.

 
 

 

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