FM Area Youth Symphonies, FM Ballet Partner Up for “DANCE” Concert Sunday

Magic happens when different art forms collaborate. This weekend the FM Ballet joins the FM Area Youth Symphonies for its “DANCE” senior symphony concert 4 p.m. Sunday at Festival Concert Hall.

“Concertgoers can expect an exciting afternoon of symphonic works that they will recognize, along with some newer works that they will love,” said FMAYS executive director Tiana Grisé.

As one can assume by the title, dance inspired the majority of the works chosen the concert by Music Director Jane Linde Capistran. Some were composed specifically for dance, like Tchaikovsky’s music from Swan Lake, and others are programmatic works with elements of dance built into them, like Modest Mussorgsky’s incredible Night On Bald Mountain.

FMAYS collaborates with thirteen members of the FM Ballet under the direction of Ballet Mistress Gretchen Patchell. She has choreographed pieces to be danced during three of the orchestra’s selections for a mesmerizing performance.

The FMAYS senior symphony consists of young musicians grades 9-12.

“It’s so exciting to be able to provide this level of musical experience for these talented young people,” Grisé said. “They audition every spring for a chance to play in the symphony, and every year they work together to present impressive programs of original symphonic repertoire.”

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and can be purchased at fmays.org or at the door.

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