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Empire State Youth Orchestra – Annual Playathon

Host: Empire State Youth Orchestra

Date: February 1, 2020

Hundreds of Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) Musicians to Share Their Love of Music With the Capital Region Community During the 2020 All-Day “Playathon” at Crossgates 

Over 600 student musicians in the Empire State Youth Orchestra ensembles will share their love of music with the community during an all-day “Playathon” on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:30am to 6:30pm at Crossgates Mall. The event, which is a fundraiser for the organization, features 13 musical ensembles that include everything from classical to percussion to jazz. This year there is a fundraising goal set at $65,000 dollars. Even though the event is designed to raise money, it is free to anyone in the community who wants to enjoy music on that day.

The annual ‘Playathon’ is the organization’s largest and most important fundraiser and is also the only time that all of the performing ensembles come together, on one day, to share their musical talent with the public. The Playathon is sponsored by Albany Medical Center, University at Albany Foundation, and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP.

The marathon musical event helps ESYO ensure no qualified musician is ever turned away because of the inability to pay.

The day includes the John Keal Music Company’s “Instrument Petting Zoo” and there are also live auctions so that someone in the audience has the opportunity to conduct one of the ensembles.

Additional information about ESYO’s program and concerts can be found at esyo.org.

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