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Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra to Perform Spring Concert

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KNOXVILLE -– Members of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association are gearing up for their final performance of the season on Monday, May. 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Tennessee Theatre. This FREE concert will feature performances from all five of the orchestras in the Association: Jr. Philharmonia, Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra. The concert will open with the Jr. Philharmonia, consisting of beginning string players under the baton of Erin Archer, performing Richard Meyer's Bach Country Fiddles and an arrangement of Offenbach's "Barcarolle" from Tales of Hoffman.

The Philharmonia, consisting of string players with minimal orchestral experience under the baton of Katie Hutchinson, will take the stage next. Performance highlights include Sean O'Loughlin's The Blacksmith, Bob Phillips' arrangement of A Rococo Theme and Deborah Baker Monday's arrangement of In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

The Sinfonia, string players with at least three years of instrument experience, led by Association General Manager Kathy Hart-Reilly, will then take the stage with Khatchaturian's Sabre Dance, selections from Bizet's Carmen and Michael Story's Medieval Legend. Joining the Sinfonia for the final work will be members of West Valley Middle School's 8th Grade Wind Ensemble.

The Youth Chamber Orchestra, intermediate string players, under the direction of Wesley Baldwin, professor of cello at the University of Tennessee, will perform Pärt's Silouans Song, the Tempo di Valse Waltz from Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C for String Orchestra and "Hoe Down" from Copland's Rodeo.

The Association's top group, the Youth Orchestra, a full symphonic orchestra led by Music Director James Fellenbaum, will conclude the evening with Verdi's Overture to Nabucco and "Dance of the Tumblers" from Tchaikovsky's The Snow Maiden.

The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association is currently celebrating its 37th season. The orchestras rehearse on Monday evenings at West Valley Middle School. The Youth Orchestra Association will perform four concerts throughout the 2010-2011 season. All four performances will take place at the Tennessee Theatre and are FREE and open to the public. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony League and Knox County Schools sponsor the Association.

Published April 15, 2011

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