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Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra Celebrates 20 Years with Gary Wilkes
The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras (CSOYO) concludes their 2012-2013 season on May 6 at 7 pm at the Tivoli Theatre featuring all four orchestras and featured soloists, including Jay Craven (Chattanooga’s “Mr. Music”) and Thomas West (PAL Vocal Competition winner).
Many friends and alumni will be on hand to help Gary Wilkes celebrate his 20th anniversary with the CSO Youth Orchestras. One of those will be Jay Craven, former conductor of the youth orchestra when Gary was a student member. In 1966 Gary Wilkes played a solo as concerto competition winner with the youth orchestra with Jay Craven conducting. Now they are trading places! In addition, the selection that Jay Craven has chosen to play, “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra” by Karl Maria von Weber, is the very same selection he played in 1953 with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra when he was the student concerto competition winner.
The CSOYO Prelude and Etude Orchestras, conducted by Nichole Pitts, will open the concert. Following them will be the CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sandy Morris. The program (with no intermission) will conclude with the CSOYO Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gary Wilkes. Also featured on the program is the Performing Arts League Vocal Competition winner, Thomas West. Thomas was featured on a live broadcast of “From the Top” here in Chattanooga last year.
CSOYO Spring Concert
Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7 pm
Nichole Pitts, conductor, CSOYO Etude & Prelude Orchestras
Sandy Morris, conductor, CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra
Gary Wilkes, conductor, CSOYO Symphony Orchestra
CSOYO Prelude Orchestra
DVORAK/ALLEN New World Symphony Theme
STRAUSS/WILLIAMS The Blue Danube Waltz
NEWBOLD Russian Music Box
CSOYO Etude Orchestra
MEYER Dragon Hunter
OFFENBACH/DACKOW Orpheus in the Underworld: Finale
NEWBOLD Dragon Dances
FROST Mango Tango
CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 (IV. Allegro assai)
COOK New Beginnings
CUSTER Themes from 007: A Medley for Orchestra
CSOYO Symphony Orchestra
NEWMAN Blow it Up! Start Again
MENDELSSOHN “Lord God of Abraham” from Elijah
Thomas West, soloist
VON WEBER Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra
Jay Craven, soloist
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MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2
Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for children, students, and seniors.
Call 423.267.9011 for more information.
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