Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras' Final Concert Features Works from The Greatest Showman, Star Trek, Jurassic Park, and More

Published Monday, April 22, 2019 9:00 am

On Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7 PM at the Maumee High School Performing Arts Center, the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras (TSYO) will conclude their 2018-2019 performance season with their annual Pops Concert.

The TSYO Concert Strings will open the program with A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman, The Final Countdown, Palladio, and Triumph. Triumph is a composition written by former TSYO member and Toledo Symphony intern, Armond Wimberly. Wimberly will appear as a guest conductor, alongside conductor Kathleen Schnerer and TSYO Concert Strings conductor, Betsy Cranston.

“It is truly a joy to be able to return to Toledo to rehearse and conduct the youth orchestra that I emerged from as they perform my composition, ‘Triumph,’” says Wimberly. “It really feels like I have done a total revolution—coming back to where I began, but with more worldly experience and knowledge. As artists, I think we should all strive to give back to our communities through artistic service. It is this type of work that really makes an imprint and preserves our culture. I am looking forward to conducting the Concert Strings for this glorious occasion!”

Conductor Matthew Forte will lead the TSYO Symphonic Orchestra as they perform music from Apollo 13, The Best of Bruno Mars, and Bitter Sweet Symphony. Conductor Wasim Hawary will lead the TSYO Philharmonic Orchestra to conclude the program with classic hits from Star Trek, Jurassic Park, part of Bizet’s Carmen Orchestral Suite No. 1, and John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes.

“The TSYO season-ending Pops Concert is one of my favorite performances of the year,” said Dorothy Coats, TSYO Manager. “Having been involved with the 1978 formation of the Toledo Junior Youth Orchestra (TJYO), a companion to the thriving, then nearly 30 year-old Toledo Youth Orchestra (TYO), it has been extremely gratifying for me to be a part of and witness to the expansion of the Toledo Youth Orchestras family over these many years.”

The TSYO Pops Concert will take place Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7 PM at the Maumee High School Performing Arts Center. Adult general admission tickets are $10 and will be collected as donations at the door. Students and children are free.

The TSYO announced auditions for the 2019-2020 season. Auditions will be held May 13, 20, 22, and 23 at the Professional Building on 1838 Parkwood Ave. For more information, please contact Joan Weiler, Youth Orchestras Coordinator at or visit


As part of the core educational mission of the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras bring together over 200 of the most talented students from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan in an atmosphere of musical excellence. Dedicated staff members and musicians work hard to give a top quality musical education to all students regardless of financial circumstance. The Toledo Youth Orchestras have been in existence for over 65 years, starting out as a small group of friends meeting for fun, the organization grew into what we know today.

The TSYO currently includes three orchestras: the Philharmonic, Symphonic, and Concert Strings that perform 4 concerts per season. The TSYO is able to serve students ages 8-18 from over 50 area schools. We aim to find a place in the orchestra where each student will be challenged to grow musically with skill-appropriate repertoire.

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