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The holidays come alive with free concerts by the California Youth Symphony Orchestras and a showcase of several CYS ensembles.
On Sunday, December 8 at 2:00pm the CYS String Ensembles under the direction of Kati Kyme will present its Holiday Concert in the Smithwick Theatre on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Immediately following this concert (at 3:30pm), also at the Smithwick Theatre, the CYS Wind Ensembles, conducted by Rosita Amador, will present their Holiday Concert.
At 2:30pm the following Sunday, December 15, the CYS Associate and Senior Orchestras, conducted by Leo Eylar, will present its annual Holiday Concert in the a pleasing mix of classical and holiday favorites. The Associate Orchestra will present Victor Herbert’s Irish Rhapsody, Bizet’s Carmen and Capriccio italien by Tchaikovsky. The Senior Orchestra will perform selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and from the Flute Concerto by Carl Reinecke with Theresa Abalos, soloist – along with a variety of seasonal favorites.
Flutist Theresa Abalos will perform a movement of the Flute Concerto by Carl Reinecke at the CYS Holiday Concert at 2:30pm on Sunday, December 15 in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills. Theresa was a winner of the CYS Associate Orchestra Soloist Competition last December. She began learning flute at the age of ten and currently studies with Natalie Haworth-Liu. Click here for more information.
Help bring self-respect, family unity and joy to local families in need this holiday season.
Donate TOYS and GIFTS
Each holiday season, Sunday Friends makes it possible for children and parents in need to select and gift-wrap gifts to give each other. At our holiday concerts on December 8 and December 15 donation boxes will be available to drop your toys or gifts. Gift cards are welcome and don't forget re-gifting! Search your home for lovely gifts you have received but never used. Please, no toys with weapons or edibles of any kind. Thank you for your generosity.
LAST CHANCE TO WIN!
On Sunday December 15, CYS will be selling raffle tickets to support the CYS Senior Orchestra European Tour in June 2014. Don't miss your chance to win Amazon Gift Cards or a Trip for Two to London!!
Tickets are $10 each. The drawing will be held at the Holiday Concert on Sunday December 15.
CYS YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION
Each spring the California Youth Symphony holds its Young Artist Competition to select soloists for the following season. This year’s Competition will be held on April 5 at Stanford University. The Competition is open to instrumental soloists under age 19. Contestants may be auditioned on the piano, or any symphonic instrument. Two artists will be chosen, by a panel of three judges, to perform with the CYS Orchestra during the November or March concert series of the 2014-15 season.
Application forms and full information will be available here after the first of the year.
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