MYSO performs Russian classics

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Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra performs Russian classics

Published: March 1, 2013.

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Russian program at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at in the Philip Lynch Theatre on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University. This concert is open to the public and is free.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, will conduct the orchestra in a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Violin Concerto and the Spanish Capriccio of Rimsky-Korsakov. Sisk, who has served as Music Director of MYSO since 1991, is widely recognized as a conductor of Russian music.

Dr. Casey McGrath, an alumna of MYSO, and now violin instructor at both Lewis University and Joliet Junior College, will appear as soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. McGrath received her master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and earned her doctorate at the University of Illinois.

Founded in 1959, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra has resided in Will County since 1991. Players in MYSO come from Lewis University and Joliet Junior College, and from area high schools and middle schools.

MYSO rehearses every Wednesday evening that school is in session from 6-8:30 pm at Lewis University. Check the orchestra’s website at for more information.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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