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Flint Center

De Anza College
November 13, 2016
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Second Concert

San Mateo Performing Arts Center

San Mateo High School
November 20, 2016
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Season Opener Concerts

Join Maestro Eylar as he ushers in our 65th year with the exciting world premiere of a brilliant new work commissioned by the California Youth Symphony and composed by award-winning New York composer Sunny Knable. Dedicated to the California Youth Symphony, Mr. Knable's Symphony no. 2 "The Great Expanse" is a virtuoso work of exquisite beauty, bold colors, and tremendous sweep and scope. Our opening concert also features our CYS Young Artist Competition Winner James Poe, performing Prokofiev's haunting and intensely lyrical Violin Concerto No. 1. Our program opens with the ever-popular Sorcerer's Apprentice, composed by Paul Dukas and immortalized in Walt Disney's original Fantasia. We will round off our season opener with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, the composer's final work for orchestra, completed three years before his death in 1943. Often considered to be Rachmaninov's magnum opus, this powerfully moving work will be sure to thrill and move you. Don't miss this very special concert series!

Leo Eylar, conductor
James Poe, violin
Sunny Knable, featured composer

Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice
Knable: Symphony No. 2 "The Great Expanse" (World Premiere)
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 (James Poe, soloist)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Prior to the performance, be sure to check out Maestro Eylar's interactive Paul Dukas 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 here for instant access!

Young Artist Competition Winner

James Poe currently studies as a junior at Palo Alto High School. He began learning piano with Lena Grozman and violin with Li Lin when he was 5. From 2012-2015 he studied abroad in Taiwan, continuing his violin studies with Nancy Tsung (宗緒嫻). James has now returned to the Bay Area and is currently studying with Wei He. He also attends the Perlman Music Program, where he studies solo and chamber music with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, Sean Lee and his former teacher Li Lin.


Resident Composer

California-native Sunny Knable is a multifaceted composer who currently resides in New York City.  He has won numerous awards including three “Best Composition” Awards from the Festival of New American Music, and the Iron Composers Award, for which he wrote a four-minute piece in five hours. 


CYS Young Artist Competition

Each spring the California Youth Symphony holds its Young Artist Competition to select soloists for the following season. The Competition is open to pianists and instrumental soloists under age 19. Two young 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 following season.

Application form becomes available in January!



James Poe
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Sunny Knable
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Leo Eylar
Music Director
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Paul Dukas
Sorcerer's Apprentice
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