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ESYO Playathon at Crossgates Mall

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Hundreds of young musicians in the Empire State Youth Orchestra will share their love of music with the community during Play-a-thon, its annual musical marathon on Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm at Crossgates. The event, which is ESYO’s most important friend-raiser and fundraiser, features 9 musical ensembles that include everything from classical to percussion to jazz. 

This year, the goal is to raise $65,000 online and in-person at the event. Since mid-February, ESYO musicians have collected donations from friends, family, and neighbors online using Peer-to-Peer Fundraising technology and three ESYO Conductors are auctioning off their collective talents. The highest bidder will get a 45-minute concert at their home with Keith Pray, Peter Bellino, and Mark Foster. Friends and audiences alike can bid online at Even though the event is designed to raise money, it is free to anyone in the community who wants to enjoy music on that day.


11:00 AM - 11:10 AM Chamber Percussion Ensemble
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Concertino Strings
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM CHIME
12:10 PM - 12:20 PM Chamber Percussion Ensemble
12:30 PM - 12:55 PM String Orchestra & Auction
1:05 PM - 1:25 PM Wind Orchestra
1:35 PM - 2:15 PM Symphony Orchestra & Auction
2:25 PM - 3:00 PM Repertory Orchestra & Auction
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM Repertory Jazz Ensemble
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM Youth Jazz Orchestra & Auction
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM Symphony Orchestra & Auction Auctions to win conductor’s baton & opportunity to lead an orchestra.

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