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Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra to Premiere New Work
Youth ensemble debuts Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project composition with composer and arranger in audience
(Flint, MI – April 3, 2019) The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra, made up of musicians from 27 different mid-Michigan zip codes, will perform an extraordinary concert on Saturday, April 13, 3 pm at The Whiting. This highlight concert will feature the world premiere of Most, Most, Most, composed by Courtney Cudd and orchestrated by Matthew Schoendorff, and FLINT School Of Performing Arts (FSPA) Concerto Competition Winner Karl Rueterbusch performing the Mayuzumi Xylophone Concerto. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and 65+. 

The Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project invites young pregnant women and mothers to work with professional artists to write a personal lullaby for their babies, strengthening the bond between parent and child. The lullabies are then professionally recorded and shared with the mothers' family and friends. This concert will feature a special premiere of Most, Most, Most, composed by young mother Courtney Cudd and orchestrated by Matthew Schoendorff, FSPA Music Composition Instructor, will be heard live for the first time. Dan Mazur, whose voice is also heard on the lullaby's professional recording, will sing and play guitar along with FYSO. 

The performance will also feature Karl Rueterbusch, freshman percussionist and winner of the FSPA Concerto Competition performing the Mayuzumi Xylophone Concerto. This enthralling work will show audiences the dynamism of the xylophone played by a talented young musician.

Other selections include Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas, Symphony No. 8 by Antonín Dvořák and a medley of tunes from the blockbuster movie The Greatest Showman. 

"In this concert, we present a tremendous variety of music, from classical with the Fanfare and Symphony, to modern with the Mayuzumi Concerto, written in 1965," says FSPA Director Davin Pierson Torre. "With the world premier of Most, Most, Most and the composer and arranger in the audience - it should be an inspiring performance with a little something for everyone!"

The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra is made up of string, wind, brass, percussion, piano and harp players from 27 different mid-Michigan zip codes. Students in the orchestra are placed by audition and perform in area high schools, churches, at The Whiting and on tour both nationally and internationally. The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra provides once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences for students at a range of abilities and builds a strong foundation that will benefit their futures in innumerable ways. For more information visit
Flint School of Performing Arts
The Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA) is Michigan’s largest community school of the arts and among the largest in the United States. More than 3,500 students from 21 counties across mid-Michigan discover an amazing world of music and dance in our state-of-the-art facility. The FSPA teaching philosophy was developed by faculty and staff through extensive research in student achievement. This innovative approach, Beyond Boundaries, utilizes non-judgmental teaching techniques designed to encourage and support the individual goals and learning styles of students. Esteemed artists in their own disciplines, FSPA teachers provide world-class instruction in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Additionally, students have the option to participate in performance ensembles and community partnership programs.
Flint Institute of Music
Dedicated to changing lives through a lifelong continuum of music, dance and theatre, the Flint Institute of Music includes the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint School of Performing Arts and Flint Repertory Theatre. A professional orchestra led by world-renowned music director Enrique Diemecke, the FSO enjoys a more than 100-year history. The FSPA is the eighth largest community arts school in the U.S. and provides outstanding music and dance opportunities for all ages and abilities, and offers tuition assistance. Flint Rep is a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning resident theatre company and drama school, providing inter-generational, live theatre arts since 1957. A nonprofit organization, the FIM receives support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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