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Symphony! Stage! Cinema! Do NOT miss the CYS Spring Showcase concert on April 25!

Maestros Leo Eylar and Pete Nowlen and more than 400 young musicians in the seven CYS orchestras and ensembles offer a fantastic virtual concert experience featuring a broad and eclectic range of musical favorites from the Classical canon as well as music from the Broadway sensation Hamilton and musical highlights from John Williams’ ever popular scores for the Harry Potter films. Director Kati Kyme’s ensembles will treat you to Haydn and Beethoven, while Rosita Amador’s Wind Ensembles will offer favorites of Mozart, Puccini, Abreu, and Daken.  A truly fascinating highlight of the concert will be the CYS percussionists performing two pieces by Nathan Daughtrey, under the direction of CYS Percussion Director Artie Storch. The CYS Wind Symphony will perform the Suite from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and the wonderfully evocative Alegre by Tania León, with its Latin groove and snappy rhythms, while the Associate Orchestra will capture the wide open sound of America’s west with Aaron Copland’s Outdoor Overture and the magic of John Williams’ mesmerizing “Harry’s Wondrous World”.  The Senior Orchestra closes the performance with two finales: the rousing March from Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes of Weber, and 4th movement of Shostakovich’s profoundly moving Symphony no. 5, one of the most important and controversial works of the 20th century.

Be sure to join us on Sunday, April 25 at 5:00pm on our YouTube channel!

This concert broadcast will be free for all to enjoy on April 25, 2021, at 5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern

Program Book

Access your copy of our Spring Showcase program book for information on all the pieces that will debut this afternoon, orchestra rosters, and more!

Show Information

  • Run time: approx. 75 minutes (including preshow)
  • Make sure to log in early as there will be a preshow 15 minutes before the show starts.
  • Have a smart TV or streaming device? Watch this video to learn how to watch our livestream on your TV!

Make Concerts at Home Special!

We sorely miss performing for audiences in-person, but we still want to help make your CYS concert at home a day to remember. Attending a virtual concert at home has many perks, including lounging on a comfy couch or enjoying a picnic outdoors! Here are a few things we recommend to make your virtual concert at home fun:

  • Hi-low fashion: dress in your favorite concert-going outfit OR lounge in your comfiest clothes
  • Clap whenever you want! 
  • Add comments to the chat on YouTube.  Let us know from where in the world you are viewing! 
  • Invite friends and family to watch the concert together. Call or Zoom each other afterward to chat about your favorite parts.
  • Share your viewing experience with the CYS community by posting a picture on social media! Tag us at and use the hashtag #CYSWinterClassics

Review Your Technology Needs

See below to review our audio and video recommendations before streaming on this afternoon.

Pre-Concert Livestream

  • Set a reminder for the concert on your YouTube account by clicking here. Once on the CYS YouTube page, click on “Set Reminder” and YouTube will notify you when the concert is about to be LIVE in your time zone. 
  • Note: If you don’t have a YouTube account you can still watch the concert!
  • Have a plan for how you will watch the concert. First, decide which device you will be using for video and audio. Next, choose where to set it up to ensure you are comfortable during the concert. We also recommend doing a test by watching any YouTube video before the concert begins.

Video Quality

  • For a more immersive experience, we recommend watching virtual concerts on a desktop computer or TV screen using Google Chrome. Select the full-screen icon in the bottom right corner of the video.
  • The speed of your internet connection will determine your video quality. If you are experiencing low quality or grainy footage, your internet connection may be slow. Try refreshing your browser and turning wifi off on any other unused devices. 
  • Within the limits of your internet speed, you can control the video resolution by clicking on the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the video. After clicking, select a video quality other than “Auto.”

Sound Quality

  • Use your best headphones if watching the concert alone. If watching in a group, connect your device to a great Bluetooth speaker for optimal quality. 
  • If you can’t hear the video, here’s what we recommend:
    • Check the volume on your device. Then check the volume on YouTube by clicking on the microphone in the bottom left corner. 
    • If that does not work, check that the correct speaker or headphones are successfully paired with or connected to your device.

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