Contemporary Youth Orchestra Concert with Styx's Tommy Shaw to Premiere This Weekend on AXS TV


  • Robert Muller
Last year, the locally based Contemporary Youth Orchestra played a concert at Waetjen Auditorium to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its collaboration with Styx.

Playing a mandolin and an acoustic and electric guitar, Styx's Tommy Shaw led the orchestra through a career-spanning set of Styx hits, solo favorites, and more.

Highlights included Styx hits such as “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Renegade,” “Sing For the Day” and “Blue Collar Man,” as well as Shaw solo hits “Diamond” and “The Great Divide.” The ensemble even revisited Damn Yankees tunes like “High Enough” and “Come Again.”

This weekend, AXS TV will air the concert for the first time.

“Ten years after STYX and CYO performed for the first time together, I’ve joined forces with them again, this time for a solo acoustic symphony show,” says Shaw in a press release.

“Tommy's killer voice needed to be showcased in an acoustic setting with an orchestra; he has a vast and diverse library and the timing was perfect since it was the 10-year anniversary of the Styx and Contemporary Youth Orchestra show," says CYO founding music director and conductor Liza Grossman. "He sang with his entire being and the orchestra responded with the same eager passion. I can't wait for everyone to experience this show.”

Dubbed Sing for the Day! Tommy Shaw and Contemporary Youth Orchestra, the concert will air at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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