Liza Grossman Contemporary Youth Orchestra Team with Styx Frontman Tommy Shaw

Classical music and classic rock collide as AXS TV presents STYX frontman Tommy Shaw in the premiere of the 2016 concert special SING FOR THE DAY! TOMMY SHAW AND CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA-airing Sunday, July 9, at 10pE. "Ten years after STYX and CYO performed for the first time together, I've joined forces with them again, this time for a solo acoustic symphony show!," said Shaw about the special.

Melissa Etheridge Driven To Write Music About These ‘Very Inspiring Times’

Melissa Etheridge was featured in a great article on the Huffington Post today! Check out an excerpt below, and don't forget to pick up your tickets for our June 7th performance with her. 

Melissa Etheridge has never been one to shy away from writing socially-conscious songs or getting downright personal in her music. She penned the Oscar-winning “I Need to Wake Up” for Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and she sang about non-monogamous relationships in “I’m the Only One.”  

For the Grammy winner, there’s no time like the present to write music with impact and meaning. After all, so far in 2017, we’ve seen a new president in the White House, the Women’s March rally in D.C., and plenty of pending changes on the horizon.

“These are very inspiring times and I feel very moved to be writing right now, and I’ll probably be writing all year long,” Etheridge told HuffPost, referencing the political and social climate under the Donald Trump presidency. “It’s funny because I find myself wanting to write about what’s happening at the moment and understanding that what I write now might not be heard for another year, and God, hopefully things will be different in another year. So it’s kind of funny to write about something that’s happening now when you hope it will be completely different in the future.”

Head over to Huffington Post for the full interview, and make sure to pick up your tickets for our June 7th performance with Melissa Etheridge at Severance Hall

CYO Performing with Rocktopia LIVE!

We're thrilled that Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be performing with the touring production of Rocktopia, a concert that blends classical music with hard rock. This is a huge opportunity for our kids to participate in an amazing touring production, and we're so excited for the final performance!

Check out this great article in the Scene for more details. 

Rocktopia & CYO - Cleveland Scene