For the first time since 2019, the Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Harmony Chamber Ensemble, comprised of FYO’s most accomplished musicians, returns to the Palm Coast United Methodist Church concert series. The concert is scheduled for Saturday April 2 at 4 p.m.
FYO Artistic Director Joe Corporon will lead the Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Harmony Chamber Orchestra in more than a dozen pieces spanning an eclectic range of composers, from classical to modern, and featuring two performances by the FYO Quartet.
But for the Covid break, the Harmony Chamber Orchestra has still performed three times a year at the Flagler Auditorium since 2005, in concerts featuring the other four FYO ensembles, with performers at all levels of game. But each orchestra is usually limited to two or three pieces, due to time constraints. The Methodist Church concerts, on the other hand, allow the top orchestra to showcase its wide range of skills, spanning all musical periods and many genres, whether it’s ‘Stone Mountain Stomp’ from Carl Strommen, a Gavotte by Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli (apparently a special request for the spring repertoire), the “Chinese String Fantasy” or an arrangement of “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin. There is even a little William Tell and the unmissable Mozart. (The orchestra usually rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays, but that was in a special extended rehearsal today at Indian Trails Middle School, its usual home.)
Due to the extensive schedule, more than a decade of annual spring performances at the Methodist Church have built a following interrupted only by the pandemic. the church hosted its own cultural series during these years.
The concert will take place in the church sanctuary at 5200 Belle Terre Parkway. Voluntary donation is encouraged.
The Flagler Youth Orchestra is made possible by the Flagler County School District, which supports the program with the support of the Friends of the Youth Orchestra, whose sole mission is to provide free after-school music education to all Flagler children wishing to play an instrument. Enrollment in the program is free for all Flagler students in grades 3-12. This particular concert is made possible in part by a Cultural Arts Grant from the City of Palm Coast.
For more information about the Flagler Youth Orchestra, call (386) 503-3808 or email. For more information on the concert series, call (386) 445-1600. The full program is below.