Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, nicknamed “The Apotheosis of the Dance,” kickstarts the season’s momentum with the ultimate symphonic dance experience. The Symphony Orchestra also performs a World Premiere by student composer Matthew Kaminski (part of The Authentic Voice program). Kevin Tsai solos in the highly romantic Violin Concerto No. 2 (mvmt. 1) by Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Wieniawski. Joan Tower’s For the Uncommon Woman makes a clear statement in reference to MYS’s commitment to inclusive programming.
This unprecedented collaborative concert with the International Youth Silent Film Festival celebrates new voices in film and composition. Ten award-winning short films by young filmmakers from around the world receive an airing in concert with MYS’s Symphony Orchestra performing brand new arrangements of Nathan Avakian’s pipe organ soundtracks adapted for full orchestra by young composers. Odyssey Overture by Nicole Buetti and a solo performance by a 2020 MYS Concerto Competition winner round out the concert.
This very special concert brings renowned guest artist Regina Carter to Portland audiences, as she solos with the advanced MYS Symphony Orchestra in the West Coast Premiere of David Schiff’s 4 Sisters jazz violin concerto. Carter joins MYS’s advanced Jazz students for some classics and a brand new piece from the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble young composers program. The symphony also premieres a new work by 17-year-old composer Grace Miedziak (part of The Authentic Voice).
This groove infused, high energy program features dance music from the past 150 years, from countries including Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Armenia, Mexico, Brazil, and the US. Celebrating young leaders in music, The Authentic Voice collaboration between MYS and the Fear No Music showcases a symphonic World Premiere by 16-year-old Rohan Srinivasan, a jazz drummer and former cellist. A winner of the 2020 MYS Concerto Competition will take a solo turn with the orchestra.
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