By Paul Collins

The very talented Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (FSYO) returns to the Celebration Foundation Concert Series on Saturday, February 8th at 7 p.m. and will feature Antonin Dvorak’s cheerful and optimistic 8th Symphony.

The FSYO is in its 62nd year and is considered one of the finest youth orchestras in the Southeast. It supports over 300 musicians in seven different orchestras. It’s most advanced orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra, will be performing in Celebration. They are a pre-professional, conservatory level orchestra that in the past 3 years has toured Europe and China, and just recently supported the Orlando Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Hanrich Claassen conducts the orchestra.

Antonin Dvorak wrote the 8th Symphony in 1890. It is considered his most cheerful piece of music. New York Times music critic, Harold Schonberg, said it expresses joy, happiness, dancing, and festivals. It is admirable that the FSYO has taken on such a complex, difficult piece of work.

Each year, the FSYO has a concerto competition and the winner is featured as a soloist at this concert. It is always amazing to see how talented these soloists are.

Individual tickets are available to this concert for $25 ($10 for students or teachers) at or by calling the Celebration Foundation office at 407-566-1234. The concert will be performed at Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration.