Long’s was excited to be a part of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra inaugural spring Celebratory Event last week at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston. Along with their Honorary Host Committee Members Yo-Yo Ma, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Angela Menino, and actor Stephen Lang, BYSO hosted hundreds of guests to celebrate the achievements of BYSO’s young musicians. The centerpiece of the evening was a performance by fifty BYSO musicians led by Music Director Federico Cortese.
Long’s donated a strand of Mikimoto pearls as the premier auction item to help raise funds to go towards financial aid for BYSO students each year. BYSO aims to make their programs accessible to all aspiring young musicians and has never turned a family away because of an inability to pay.
The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, now in its 53rd season, has served thousands of young musicians from throughout New England. Throughout the years BYSO has evolved from a single orchestra to one of Boston’s most prestigious arts organizations, with a programmatic scope that includes three full symphonic orchestras, a string training orchestra, a preparatory wind ensemble, four chamber orchestras, a chamber music program, and a nationally recognized string training program for underrepresented youth from inner-city communities.