In Tuesday’s (6/16) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis writes, “An ambitious musical project two years in the making comes to fruition this week as the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra embarks on an out-of-state tour. For only the third time in its 23-year history, the Cleveland Orchestra’s farm team takes their show on the road (along with two student soloists), this time for a four-concert series in and around the capital of Massachusetts. ‘We were looking for a place that would be enriching culturally as well as not too far away, and Boston fit the bill,’ said Jayce Ogren, the group’s director and the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, noting the region’s rich past, love for music and dense population. … The tour officially kicks off Thursday with a performance at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, a space listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the ensuing three days, the group plays at the Church of the Covenant in downtown Boston, Sanders Theatre on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge and the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. … The last time COYO went on tour was March 2001, when the group made its debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall.”

Posted June 18, 2009