MYSO concerts are March 19 and March 23

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Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra concerts are March 19 and March 23

Published: February 24, 2014.

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the St. Charles Borromeo Chapel on the Lewis University Main Campus in Romeoville. This concert is open to the public and is free.

The orchestra will perform again at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23 in the Fine Arts Auditorium of Joliet Junior College. Admission is $7.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, will conduct the orchestra in a program that includes Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody No. 1 and two waltzes by Johann Strauss, “Artist’s Life” and “On the Beautiful Blue Danube.” The orchestra also will be performing “On the Edge,” composed for MYSO by Dr. Mike McFerron, composer-in-residence at Lewis University. Mary Payne, clarinet instructor at Lewis University, will be the featured soloist performing the “Polacca” from Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 and the “Intermezzo” from Verdi’s opera,”La forza del destino.”

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 6-8:30pm at Lewis University. Auditions for next season will be held in late August. Check the website at for details and to arrange an audition.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 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. Visit for further information.

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