The Renaissance Performing Arts Association would like to announce it has received funding from the Richland County Foundation’s competitive funding cycle to support its Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) and Mansfield Symphony Youth Strings (MSYS) concerts for the 2015-16 season.
The Foundation encourages 501c3 agencies, government entities, schools and nonprofit medical facilities to partner with the Foundation to provide charitable programs to Richland County residents.
The MSYO is the only youth orchestra within a 65 mile radius of Mansfield, and represents approximately 90 members each season who perform concerts both onstage at the Renaissance and in the community.
Since 1992, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Strings program has both complemented the musical instruction young people receive in their schools as well as provided a large ensemble experience to students who have no access to a school orchestra program.
Youth Strings is comprised of approximately 55 students, mainly in grades 6 through 10. These programs enable area youth an opportunity to receive invaluable training from professional musicians, directors, actors and teachers. Funding from the Richland County Foundation will provide additional support for the Renaissance’s upcoming “Side by Side” concert taking place Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
An estimated 55 members of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and 40 members of the Mansfield Youth Symphony Orchestra and 30 members of the Mansfield Youth Strings will perform together on the Renaissance stage. This performance will be under the direction of Maestro Thomas Hong of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Randy
Heidlebaugh, conductor of the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. Students participating in this performance will receive valuable instruction from professional musicians and the opportunity to showcase their talents and build self-esteem. Four additional concerts throughout the season will also be held at the Renaissance Theatre thanks to support received from the Richland County Foundation.
These concerts include “Fall Concert” with the MSYO on Nov. 15, “Holiday Prelude” with the MSYO on Dec. 6, 2015, “Spring Concert” with the MSYS on March 13, 2016 and “Spring Concert” with the MSYO on May 1, 2016.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mansfieldtickets.com, at the Box Office, and over the phone at (419) 522-2726. For more information on Renaissance programs, visit www.mansfieldtickets.com.