concert to triumphantly close the 2020-2021 season.

Following on the heels of our three highly successful full-length online concerts this season, Maestros Leo Eylar and Pete Nowlen are delighted to offer a mesmerizing finale to the 2020-21 CYS season on July 2 at 6:00 PM (Pacific Time). In honor of Independence Day celebrations, we also give a nod to favorite patriotic gems such as Rushmore by Alfred Reed, American Salute by Morton Gould, and John Williams’ Liberty Fanfare, composed in 1986 to commemorate the renovation ceremony for the Statue of Liberty. The seven CYS ensembles, comprising over 400 young musicians, will perform a wide range of repertoire spanning the Baroque to Contemporary age. String Ensemble Director Kati Kyme will lead her groups in the well-known Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel, as well as presenting Haydn’s Kaiser Quartet in C Major. Rosita Amador’s Wind Ensembles will present works by Albeniz, Rossini, and the delightful Cat-y-Bird by Stefan Rotter. The CYS Wind Symphony will perform selections from Darius Milhaud’s Suite Francaise, and the Associate Orchestra will offer the scintillating Farandole from Bizet’s L’Arlésienne, Suite No. 2 as well as Ippolitov-Ivanov’s evocative Procession of the Sardar. The Senior Orchestra will close our program with the stunning and brilliant final movement from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, one of the most virtuosic and beloved of all orchestral showpieces. This final concert is sure to amaze and delight you!

Be sure to join us on Friday, July 2, at 6:00 pm on our YouTube channel!

This concert broadcast will be free for all to enjoy on Friday, July 2, at 6:00 pm Pacific | 9:00 pm Eastern

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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