This weekend, in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, the more than 100 members of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras are doing their part to help Greater Bangor.

As in years past, the upcoming annual spring concert will feature performances by the Prelude String Orchestra, the Prelude Wind Ensemble and the Philharmonic Orchestra. But it also will serve as a food drive to benefit the Good Shepherd Food-Bank.

BSYO is an educational program of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra that gives students an opportunity to work with BSO musicians and gain performance experience. Students must be invited and audition before joining one of the orchestra’s three ensembles.

According to a press release, the March 29 concert will conclude the youth orchestra’s 2014-15 season and is being dubbed “Symphony of Cereal.”

Audience members are asked to bring donations of cold cereal that will go to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, which serves more than 100 local agencies in Penobscot County. Melissa Huston of Good Shepherd Food-Bank said fundraisers such as the concert help fill a need for many of the families and organizations the food banks serves.

“Events like these are integral to Good Shepherd Food-Bank’s mission of creating a healthier Maine,” Huston said in a statement. “We are humbled by this continued support.”

The spring concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. A donation of $5 per person is encouraged. After the concert, there will be a reception in the lobby.

For information about the orchestra or the upcoming spring concert visit

Natalie Feulner

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