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CYO Rocks the Stage & Screen

CYO performs 3-4 concerts each Season featuring contemporary orchestral works such as Jennifer Higdon’s Fanfare Ritmico, Valerie Coleman’s Umoja and world premieres by composers like Judd Greenstein and Pascal LeBoeuf. Each year, CYO also performs our iconic Rock the Orchestra concert with a notable guest artist. Recent guests have included Jason Mraz, Chris Thile, Kenny Loggins and Cleveland’s own Michael Stanley.

Past Performances

CYO Compassion Over Everything concert
Contemporary Youth Orchestra’s December 17 concert featured two compelling pieces, 90 young musicians and 8 professional soloists.


CYO performed Vincent Mendoza’s “Concerto for Orchestra” and Pascal Le Boeuf’s “Triple Concerto.” This concert marked the first time that Mendoza’s piece was played in the United States. “Concerto for Orchestra” reflects themes of social justice and integrates elements of jazz and spoken word. Joining CYO on stage were soloists Chris Coles, Joe Tomino, Etienne Massicotte, Josiah Quarles and Dan Bruce.

CYO co-commissioned Le Boeuf’s “Triple Concerto” for violin, percussion duo and orchestra, which premiered on this program. Joining CYO on stage were violinist Barbora Kolářová and percussionists Garrett Arney and Ben Kipp.


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