Concert Sunday for St. Patrick's orchestra

Concert Sunday for St. Patrick's orchestra

CHAMPAIGN — The St. Patrick's Youth Orchestra will kick off its second season with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday featuring music from "Jesus Christ Superstar."

The free concert will be at St. Patrick's Church, 708 W. Main St., U.

In addition to selections from "Jesus Christ Superstar," the young musicians will perform Lenten melodies — and a couple of Irish tunes in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

One of the Lenten melodies, "Triduum Medley," is an arrangement by orchestra member Matthew Reeder, 14, a freshman at University Laboratory High School in Urbana.

"While it was nerve wracking listening to people practice it, once the piece came together for the first time I was exhilarated," Reeder said.

The orchestra, founded last spring 2013, tripled in membership in the past year, and the audience grew to standing-room-only by the end of the first season.

"We are overwhelmed with the attendance numbers, the student interest and especially the support of such great musicians in Champaign Urbana," orchestra associate conductor Noah Larson said.

The second season will include a concert in July and end with a Halloween concert.

The orchestra was formed to provide a healthy environment for musicians in grades 7-12. It includes members from Centennial, Champaign Central, St. Thomas More and Uni high schools; Holy Cross and St. Matthew grade schools; and Franklin Middle School.

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