Other Days of Observance

Here are a few you probably don’t hear about too often:
June 4 – Hug Your Cat Day
June 7 – National Donut Day
June 8 – Best Friends Day (Be nice to yours)
June 9 – Donald Duck Day
June 17 – Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 26 – Chocolate Pudding Day


Here’s a special work by Igor Stravinsky well worth listening to:
The Firebird Suite


June is a big month for several famous composers’ birthdays. Check it out:
Mikhael Glinka: 06/01/1804-02/15/1857
Edward Elgar: 06/02/1857 – 02/23/1934
Aram Khachaturian: 06/06/1903-05/01/1978
Robert Schumann: 06/08/1810 – 07/29/1856
Carl Orff: 06/10/1895 – 03/29/1982
Richard Strauss: 06/11/1864 – 09/08/1949
Robert Russell Bennett: 06/15/1894-08/17/1981
Igor Stravinsky: 06/17/1882 – 04/06/1971
Charles Gounod: 06/17/1818-10/18/1893
Esa-Pekka Salonen: 06/30/1958-
Listen to a very famous work from Richard Strauss that we bet you’ll recognize!

HEY! The new Performance Gallery page is up…

Feast your eyes (all of them) on the new Performance Gallery page showcasing images of PYO musicians in concert and pdf’s of the print programs. Any ideas on what you’d like to see, give a shout out!



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The PYO is a string orchestra for students in grades 5-12 who want to learn, or who already play, violin, viola, cello or bass. Our goal is to support local schools in their endeavor to create thriving music programs by providing the opportunity for students to play together after school. Our students receive teaching and mentorship from members of the Prescott Symphony Orchestra organization.

When they reach high school, our students can join their local high school orchestras. Exceptional PYO students can also continue on to play in the Prescott Pops Symphony, where they will continue to receive mentorship from professional musicians. Our dream is to make the Prescott area a haven for string players of all ages.

Playing music has been shown to boost brain health, reduce stress and improve coordination, confidence, and the ability to focus. Playing music is a great way to have fun and make friends too!