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Decatur Youth Symphony concert scheduled Tuesday

Decatur Youth Symphony and Solaris Strings will present a holiday concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Cedar Ridge Middle School.

This will be the first performance of the season for the groups.

The Decatur Youth Symphony is a full orchestra with strings, winds, brass and percussion. Solaris Strings is a string orchestra made up of young players with less than a year's experience.

Thomas Davis is music director and conductor of the symphony; the former band director is now assistant principal at Cedar Ridge.

Jacob Frank and Sheryl Hunter are string coaches and directors of Solaris Strings.

Decatur resident and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra trustee Stan Belsky attended a recent rehearsal of the Youth Symphony.

"The playing of these young people under Tommy Davis' direction has far exceeded any expectation I had for the orchestra at this stage of its development," he said.

A longtime supporter of music education in Decatur, Belsky was instrumental in the organization of the group, which is now in its third season.

The Decatur Youth Symphony is a program of Decatur Parks and Recreation and is funded by the city of Decatur. The program is administered by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

For information on joining the Symphony or Strings, call 539-4818 or e-mail

Information about Decatur Youth Symphony's 2006-07 season is available on the Web at

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