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We invite you to join us for the closing concerts of the 62nd season of the California Youth Symphony as we feature our three senior soloist competition winners and virtuosity orchestral showpieces by Ravel and Britten. Thrill to the sensuous sounds of Chausson's Poeme for Violin and Orchestra, with our Co-Concertmaster Isabella Costanza as soloist. We also are proud to feature our Principal Flute, Mr. Krishan Kumar, who will perform Carl Nielsen's exceedingly difficult and brilliant Flute Concerto, as well as graduating senior Avner Kreps, performing Gordon Jacob's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, a rarely heard gem and one of the most important concertos written for this instrument. Our final concert will be book-ended with two of the most dazzling orchestral works in the repertoire, beginning with Ravel's evocative portrait of Spain, Rapsodie espagnole, and ending with Benjamin's beloved The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, which features every instrument in the orchestra in a spotlight fashion. Don't miss this great program!

Prior to the performance, be sure to check out Maestro Eylar's interactive Benjamin Britten webpage. Featuring program notes, commentary, photos, videos, questions and answers, and more clickable content, it’s the perfect way to prepare you for the performance. Click on the picture for instant access!

A new iPad App featuring The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra brings Britten's vision of inspiring children to the digital generation.

Benjamin Britten’s vision of introducing children to classical music by using the mass media of the day began in 1946 with a film featuring what became his most famous work, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The Britten-Pears Foundation has brought that pioneering idea to the digital age with a creative and fun iPad App.

The Guardian selected the new App as one of its top 20 Apps of the Week and AppShopper wrote: "This app is aimed at 7–11 year olds but will be enjoyed by much younger children and grandparents alike! It is also a great resource for the classroom." BBC Music Magazine described it as "one of the best little orchestra apps for young listeners to emerge this year... a fun introduction to all the different instruments of the orchestra".

Audition results for the 2014-2015 Season will be mailed by Thursday, May 1st. Our congratulations to all new and returning musicians. When you receive your offer letter, please click on the 2014-2015 Member Registration button above. You will need to log-in with the Username and Password provided in your offer letter.

Young Artist Competition Results

Each spring the California Youth Symphony holds its Young Artist Competition at Stanford University to select soloists for the following season. The Competition is open to any young musician age 19 and younger. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Victor Xie, performing the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 and Catherine Kim, performing Ernest Bloch's Schelomo. The piano competition was extremely close, with the judges awarding a second place prize to Anna Boonyanit and honorable mentions to Misha Galant and Vincent Liu. We’re looking forward to some fabulous performances next year. Keep an eye on our calendar for exact concert dates.

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What's New

May 11, 2014 – CYS
San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 2:30PM

May 18, 2014 – CYS
Flint Center, Cupertino, 2:30PM

June 1, 2014 – Associate Orchestra
Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 2:00PM

June 8, 2014 – String & Wind Ensembles
Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 2:00PM

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