I hope you will all join us for our Youth Orchestra concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School.
It is really the kick-off concert for the Youth Orchestra going on their European tour. What an unforgettable and inspiring experience this will be for these fine young people.
On this kick-off concert there will be music from different periods - Vivaldi from the Baroque, Beethoven from the Classical, Gounod from the Early Romantic and wild Berlioz from the Late Romantic.
This year too, there are two rare events. For the first time that I can ever remember, there will be TWO Youth Orchestra concerto winners presented. Dominic Davis will be playing a movement of Richard Strauss' First Horn Concerto and Alisha Dziarski will solo in the Summer movement of "The Four Seasons." Youth Orchestra Director Philip Bauman told me that in the end, it was impossible to decide between the two of them, so this year we will have a double treat.
The second rare event is the Wirt/Emerson Academy chorus is going to sing with the Youth Orchestra on their two final pieces of the concert. This kind of collaboration is important to the young artists of both groups on a few different levels. To begin with, they learn even more how to listen to a whole other group that is performing with them and they also get much more involved in one other area of music.
In addition, I think it is great that two ensembles of splendid young people, both led by excellent directors, get together to make music together. Philip Bauman and Marion Boynes are the two directors I am referring to, of course, and the two moving pieces that will close the program are "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth."
Two events that are solid traditions at the final Youth Orchestra concert of the year will also be in place again. The Edith Root Scholarships that are given out each year by our Women’s Association, WANISS, will be awarded during the concert. These are for musicians in the youth orchestra and are monies for future studies at the very best summer programs.
Finally, at the end of the concert, each of the 15 seniors who will graduate this year to go on to higher learning are presented with a SENIOR AWARD.
FYI: The Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School. Tickets are $8 in advance by calling (219) 836-0525, ext. 207 or $10 at the door the day of the event. The Youth Orchestra will be joined by the Wirt-Emerson High Ability Academy Chorus.