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San Mateo Performing Arts Center

San Mateo High School
December 9, 2018


Maps & Directions

Our yearly Holiday Concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear three of our top performing groups at CYS: our Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Richard Roper, and the Associate and Senior Orchestras, conducted by Maestro Eylar. The Associate Orchestra will perform one of the holiday season’s all-time favorites, the Overture to Hansel and Gretel, by Humperdinck, as well as light-classic gems by Britten and Auber. The orchestra will also perform the rousing Finale to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4. Dr. Roper will lead the Wind Symphony in Percy Grainger’s Molly on the Shore, Robert Hazo’s brilliant Ride, Vaughan-Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, and John Mackey’s This Cruel Moon. We are delighted to feature senior orchestra flautist Diana McGrory as our soloist, performing the jazz-inspired Flute Concerto by Gordeli. As a special holiday treat, we offer our first-time-ever performance of Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite.  As always, the Senior Orchestra will get you into the Holiday spirit with its selection of holiday favorites such as White Christmas, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, and selections from the perennial favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. There is something for everyone in this rich and varied festive event!

Leo Eylar, conductor
Richard Roper, guest conductor
Diana McGrory, flute

This is a free event - our gift to you!

Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner

Diana McGrory lives in Menlo Park and is a freshman at Woodside High School.  She began playing the flute at age six and has studied with Jill Heinke Moen for five years.


Associate Orchestra Highlights

Auber: Overture to The Bronze Horse
Britten: Matinees Musicales
Humperdinck: Overture to Hansel and Gretel
Tchaikovsky: Finale from Symphony No. 4

Wind Symphony Highlights

Vaughan-Williams: English Folk Song Suite
Grainger: Molly on the Shore
Mackey: This Cruel Moon
Hazo: Ride

Senior Orchestra Highlights

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite
Gordeli: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra (Diana McGrory, soloist)

Plus Classical and Seasonal Favorites!


Diana McGrory
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Dr. Richard Roper
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Leo Eylar
Associate Orchestra
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Richard Roper
Wind Symphony
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Leo Eylar
Senior Orchestra
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