The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra Pops in the Park Concert will kick off its performance on May 28 at Riverside Park Pavillion in Ypsilanti.
The YSO is a community of daytime professionals in other fields that make spectacular family-friendly music that people can enjoy in their hometown. The YSO can provide players with a high-quality musical experience that performs standard repertoire. They serve musicians and music lovers from all walks of life in the Ypsilanti area as well as the surrounding communities.
As it is Memorial Day weekend, the theme of the music will be patriotic.
"It is a patriotic pop concert but it is not all patriotic and marches," Adam Riccinto the founder, director, and music conductor of the YSO said. “There is Broadway music, a piece from Hamilton, as well as some traditional marches, The Ukrainian National Anthem in support of our brothers and sisters in Europe, The Armed Forces Salute to honor those who have served in the military or have family that has served.”
This concert will be concluding the end of the season for the Orchestra. They will return to Lincoln Performing Arts High School which has been the primary location for the YSO performances.
"We have performed at Washtenaw Community College, Pease Auditorium at certain programs and those are concerts that required a bigger auditorium because of the collaboration," Riccinto said.
The YSO will continue to play great music every year and bring music to a community who are able to access it.
"We have a great partnership with EMU," Riccinto said. "The EMU Department of Music and Dance has been a wonderful partner over the years, particularly the percussion department and the EMU Symphony Orchestra, and have collaborated with us in many different ways."
The YSO will continue to make music by musicians that people know and love which makes the YSO stand out compared to professional orchestras.
"It is not an orchestra that people play for money," Riccinto said "These are daytime professionals in other fields and we have teachers, managers, retirees, and students that play with us to have a musical experience generally outside of their profession and we have several EMU students in this concert, so there is a wide age range which makes it a sociable environment and are able to come together and learn from one another and hear their stories."