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Spring Festival 2024

The California Youth Symphony is pleased to continue our very popular March Festival Concert series, with two marvelous concerts on March 3rd! First, at 1pm, our Virtuosi Strings under the direction of Maestra Kati Kyme will perform works by C.P.E. Bach, Dvorak, and Pejacevic. Maestro Anthony Lanzino, our newly appointed Director of Wind Ensembles, will lead the Chamber Winds in works by Dvôrák, Krumenauer, and Saucedo. The Wind Ensemble will perform the four movements of Paris Sketches by Ellerby. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear our superb Ensembles!

Then, at 6pm, Maestros Nowlen and Eylar have prepared a scintillating and diverse program that you will be sure to enjoy. The Wind Symphony continues its far-reaching and diverse programming with Brian Balmages’s Industrial Loops, Viet Cuong’s Rule of Three, and Yukiko Nishimura’s Star Ship. Maestro Nowlen will also spotlight the music of Gustav Holst: the Brook Green Suite, originally composed for string orchestra and arranged for Wind Ensemble by James Curnow.

Maestro Eylar will conduct the Associate Orchestra in a program with a distinct Spanish/Latin American theme. Commencing with Alberto Ginastera’s high-octane Malambo from the ballet Estancia (1941), we then introduce our Associate Orchestra 2023-24 Concerto Contest winners Madelyn Zhu, violin, and Evelyn Wu, flute. Miss Zhu will perform the Finale from Edouard Lalo’s popular Symphonie espagnole, and Miss Wu will play the evocative and atmospheric Poem for Flute and Orchestra by American composer Charles Griffes. The orchestra will also feature music by Argentinian composer Gerardo Gardelin-his riveting symphonic poem Raíces, and we will close our program with the ever-popular and virtuosic Capriccio espagnol, composed in 1887 by Rimsky-Korsakov. You don’t want to miss this exhilarating program!

Concert Highlights

1pm Afternoon Concert

Virtuosi Strings - Kati Kyme, Director
CPE Bach: “Allegro di molto” from Symphony in G Major
Dvořák: “Scherzo” from Serenade for Strings in E major
Pejačević/Arr. Westman: Erinnerung

Chamber Winds - Anthony Lanzino, Director
Dvořák/Arr. Longfield: Slavonic Dance No. 3 
Krumenauer: The Water is Wide
Saucedo: Into the Clouds!

Wind Ensemble - Anthony Lanzino, Director
Ellerby: Paris Sketches

6pm Evening Concert

Wind Symphony - Pete Nowlen, Director
Balmages: Industrial Loops
Cuong: Rule of Three
Holst/Trans. Curnow: Brook Green Suite
Nishimura: Star Ship

Associate Orchestra - Leo Eylar, Director
Ginastera: “Danza final (Malambo)” from Estancia
Lalo: “Rondo: Allegro” from Symphonie Espagnole (Madelyn Zhu, violin)
Griffes: Poem (Evelyn Wu, flute)
Gardelín: Raíces
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol

Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition Winners

Madelyn Zhu, age 11, is from Palo Alto. She had her first violin lesson at age 5-and-a-half...

Evelyn Wu, age 17, started playing the flute at age 9. She has studied privately for 7 years...

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. Two of five winners will debut in this Festival Afternoon concert. 

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