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Cañada College Theater

Redwood City
March 1, 2020


Maps & Directions


A Festival Afternoon

The California Youth Symphony is pleased to continue our very popular March Festival Concert series, at which we feature our Intermediate String Ensemble under the direction of Kati Kyme, the Wind Symphony under the direction of Pete Nowlen, and the CYS Associate Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Eylar. Maestro Nowlen will lead the Wind Symphony in an ambitious program including works by Hisaishi, Lovrien, and Del Borgo. The Associate Orchestra is delighted to offer the complete five-movement Suite from John Williams’ original Star Wars score to celebrate the latest installment of the Star Wars series in theaters, as well as Gliere’s ever-popular and exotic Russian Sailor’s Dance from The Red Poppy Ballet. In addition, the orchestra is excited to perform Ongheya, composed by noted Bay Area composer Jean Ahn. We will also be highlighting the program with two of three winners of our Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition. Clarinetist Matthew Kim will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and percussionist Benjamin Arnett will perform the Finale from Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the full gamut of the California Youth Symphony’s rich and varied musical program. Don’t miss it!

Leo Eylar, Music Director, Associate Orchestra Conductor
Pete Nowlen, Wind Symphony Conductor
Kati Kyme, String Ensembles Conductor
Matthew Kim, Clarinet
Benjamin Arnett, Marimba

Concert Highlights

Intermediate Strings
Mendelssohn: “Allegro Assai” from String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Copland: “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
Haydn:  “Allegro di Molto” from Symphony No. 49 “La Passione”

Wind Symphony
Shostakovich/Curnow: Folk Dances
Sparke: Sunrise at Angel’s Gate
Hisaishi: Princess Mononoke
Silvestri/Mortimer: Super Mario Bros.

Associate Orchestra
Glière: Russian Sailor’s Dance
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, “Rondo” (Matthew Kim, soloist)
Rosauro: Marimba Concerto, “Despedida” (“Farewell”) (Benjamin Arnett, soloist)
Ahn: Ongheya
Williams: Suite from Star Wars

Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition Winners

Matthew Kim, clarinet, age 15, is in 11th grade at Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton.  He started clarinet at the age of nine.  Matthew has been playing with the California Youth Symphony since 2015, currently as first clarinet in the Associate Orchestra...


Benjamin Arnett, age 14, is a percussionist from Fremont, California.  Benjamin’s musical journey started when he was five years old at U Music Educational Foundation. He debuted his solo marimba performance in 2017 at Percussive Art Society International Convention (PASIC) in Fresno, California.


Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition

California Youth Symphony's annual CONCERTO COMPETITION for the Associate Orchestra offers its current students a special challenge and an opportunity for public recognition. All students in the Associate Orchestra are encouraged to compete. One of two winners will debut in this Festival Afternoon concert. 


Jean Ahn
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Matthew Kim
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Benjamin Arnett
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Associate Orchestra
Leo Eylar
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Wind Symphony
Pete Nowlen
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String Ensembles
Kati Kyme
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