The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC) will delight audiences with a concert of classical music on Saturday evening, November 17 at the George School Auditorium, Route 413 in Newtown. Concert tickets are $10 ($5 for Seniors and students) and will be available at the door. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and directions to the auditorium are available at www.yobc.org.The full 70-piece Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Loughran, and the 65-piece Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Steve Sweetsir, consist of top secondary-school musicians from Bucks County and surrounding areas. These two ensembles will perform selections from classical-era composers Francesco Maria Veracini, and Peter Illych Tchaikovsky as well as the noted 20th-century composers Leonard Bernstein and Sergey Prokofiev.

The program features an instrumental soloist performing with the Symphony Orchestra: Joshua Hanson will perform the Camille Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor. Principal Cellist Joshua Hanson is a senior at Council Rock High School North.

Josh has performed at the Kimmel Center on the NPR classical music radio program, "From the Top," as well as having attended several distinguished regional music festivals. Josh also toured the Czech Republic and Germany with YOBC in 2006.

The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to providing 4th through 12th grade musicians in Bucks County an advanced classical music experience. Currently 185 classical musicians are enrolled in five (5) ensembles, coming from middle and high schools in Bucks, Montgomery, and Mercer Counties. YOBC was founded in 1991 with continuous sponsorship and support from the Arts Department of Bucks County Community College. YOBC performed at the International Youth Music Festival in Germany in 2006, and will tour Italy in the summer of 2008. For further information about the

YOBC or to request an audition, contact the website www.yobc.org or contact Diana Nolan at auditions@yobc.org.

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