GDYO to Make Third Appearance in China During Summer in June

Orchestra will perform five concerts in prestigious venues including Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shanghai Poly Grand Theater, and Tianjin Concert Hall

Classical Movements is pleased to announce the upcoming concerts for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s tour to China this June, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio and featuring violin soloist Maria Schleuning. The orchestra, as part of their third tour to China, will perform five concerts in major concert hall across China, including Forbidden City Concert Hall, Tianjin Concert Hall, Shanghai Poly Grand Theater, Xi’an Concert Hall, and the Music Conservatory of Hangzhou Normal University. Apart from sightseeing in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Xi’an, the orchestra will also participate in a musical exchange with a local high school. The orchestra has a wonderful history that has paved the way for numerous international tours to countries such as Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, England, Scotland, France, and Switzerland. All travel and concert arrangements have been provided by Classical Movements.

Founded in 1972, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras (GDYO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability that foster musical excellence, cultivate learning, encourage creativity, inspire self-motivation, and develop social skills.  In its forty-two year history, it has grown from a single orchestra of 35 members to a program of over 440 talented musicians, ages 8 to 18, performing in seven ensembles and socializing with a diverse group of highly talented peers from more than 50 communities.

Development Director Amber Oosterwaal says “For 43 years, GDYO has provided wholesome, challenging opportunities for this special group of young musicians who, as always, enrich the cultural life of our city and carry the cultural riches of Dallas wherever they travel.” 

Richard Giangiulio, Music Director and Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, is now in his 35th season with the orchestra.  While on a Fulbright grant, he studied under Maurice Andre at the Paris Conservatory and was awarded the First Prize. In 1967, Mr. Giangiulio was a First Medal winner in the Geneva International Trumpet Competition.  For 30 years he was co-principal trumpet with the Dallas Symphony.  He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, and has been a featured soloist at summer festivals in Ansbach, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Lieksa, Finland. Orchestra.   From 1977-1982 Mr. Giangiulio was the Assistant Conductor for educational concerts with the Dallas Symphony, developing and conducting multi-age youth concerts and park concerts. 

Concert Details

Saturday, June 20 – 7:30 PM

  • Shanghai Poly Grand Theater

Sunday, June 21 – 7:30 PM

  • Music Conservatory of Hangzhou Normal University

Tuesday, June 23 – 7:45 PM

  • Xi’an Concert Hall

Friday, June 26 – 7:30 PM

  • Forbidden City Concert Hall

Saturday, June 27 – 7:30 PM

  • Tianjin Concert Hall


  • Ludvig van Beethoven, Leonore #III  
  • Maurice Ravel, Tzigane with violinist, Maria Schleuning
  • Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring  
  • Antonín Leopold Dvorak, New World Symphony  

About Classical Movements, Inc.

Classical Movements is one of the world’s leading concert planning and music management companies. Clients include some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and several other European and American Orchestras. They also are a leader in making concert and travel arrangements for some of the best choruses around the world, including The Collegiate Chorale, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, VocalEssence, Young People’s Chorus, and many more! In its 22 years, Classical Movements has worked in over 140 countries on six continents.  The company also produces the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for new music commissions, an international choral series, and four annual international music festivals in Europe, South America, Africa and North America. A winner of the prestigious BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America given by Americans for the Arts, Classical Movements strives to spread global understanding and unity through the universal language of music.

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Wynton’s Twelve Ways to Practice

A MUST read for any serious musician!!!

As a boy growing up in New Orleans, I remember my father, Ellis, a pianist, and his friends talking about “sheddin’.” When they got together, theyʼd say, “Man, you need to go shed,” or “I’ve been sheddin’ hard.” When I was around 11, I realized that sheddin’ meant getting to the woodshed – practicing. By the age of 16, I understood what the shed was really about – hard, concentrated work. When my brother Branford and I auditioned for our high school band, the instructor, who knew my father, was excited about Ellisʼ sons coming to the band. But my audition was so pitiful he said, “Are you sure youʼre Ellis’ son?”

At the time, his comment didn’t bother me because I was more interested in basketball than band. Over the next several years, however, I began practicing seriously. Practice is essential to learning music – and anything else, for that matter. I like to say that the time spent practicing is the true sign of virtue in a musician. When you practice, it means you are willing to sacrifice to sound good.

Even if practice is so important, kids find it very hard to do because there are so many distractions. Thatʼs why I always encourage them to practice and explain how to do it. I’ve developed what I call “Wynton’s 12 Ways to Practice.” These will work for almost every activity – from music to schoolwork to sports.