ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras, also known as "L.Y.S.O.", held their Spring Concert on Sunday evening inside the Performing Arts Center at Onalaska High School.
The concerts featured the Philharmonic Strings and Italiano Orchestras. Made up of 70 students, ages 10-18 from Sparta, West Salem and Viroqua among other neighboring school districts, students performed arranged orchestral numbers such as "And So It Goes" (Billy Joel) and "American Salute" (Morton Gould).
L.Y.S.O Manager Kathi Millard said both orchestras have continued to grow over the past few years.
"What we strive to do is to give kids the opportunity to perform music they don't perform in their school setting so it's a step above. It's with other kids from other school districts and they really get to learn from them and perform with them and create a great sound," Millard said.
If you know of a child who is interested in joining either orchestra, both orchestras will hold auditions for players of all instruments. Auditions will take place on May 21st and August 6th at Leithold Music in La Crosse.
For registration and additional information, visit the www.lyso.org/join-us.
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