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San Mateo Performing Arts Center

San Mateo High School
December 5, 2021

1:00 PM
Wind Symphony & Orchestras

6:00 PM
String & Wind Ensembles

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CYS Is thrilled to present TWO holiday concerts on December 5th, with all seven of our ensembles taking the stage throughout the day! There is something for everyone in these rich and varied festive events! If you are unable to attend in person, please click above to view the livestream of each concert. 

Our yearly Holiday Concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear the Associate Orchestra and the Senior Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Eylar, and the CYS Wind Symphony, under the direction of Pete Nowlen. Maestro Nowlen has chosen a wonderfully eclectic program featuring the Canton Folk Song Suite by Jack Loh, Summerland, composed by William Grant Still, and the exquisite Polar Express Concert Suite by noted film composer Alan Silvestri. The Associate Orchestra will perform Strauss' Die Fledermaus Overture as well as Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave. The orchestra will also feature music from John Williams’ The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  We are delighted to welcome two soloists to join the Senior Orchestra: bassoonist Sonny Young will be featured in Rossini’s rarely performed Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, and Senior Orchestra violinist David Wang will play the tour de force final movement from Max Bruch’s ever-popular Violin Concerto no. 1. As always, the Senior Orchestra will get you in 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.

Later in the day, at 6pm, CYS will continue to ring in the holiday season with performances by the String and Wind Ensembles under the batons of Kati Kyme and Rosita Amador.  Enjoy the talents of these young musicians-in-training and advanced members, between the ages of 5-18, as they perform classical and film works by Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Gabrielli, and more. 

Leo Eylar, Senior and Associate Orchestra Conductor
Pete Nowlen, Wind Symphony Conductor

Kati Kyme, String Ensembles Director
Rosita Amador, Wind Ensembles Director

David Wang, violin
Sonny Young, bassoon

Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner

David Wang, age 13, is a violinist residing in San Jose, California. He is currently studying violin under the guidance of Pat Burnham.


Senior Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner

Sonny Young, 19, studied bassoon with Yueh Chou. He played in CYS from 2018-2020, where he served as the principal bassoonist in the Associate Orchestra for one year and the Senior Orchestra for two years.



Wind Symphony Highlights

Loh: Canton Folk Song Suite
Still: Summerland
Silvestri: Polar Express Concert Suite

Associate Orchestra Highlights

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave
Williams: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture

Senior Orchestra Highlights

Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1, Finale (David Wang, soloist)
Rossini: Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, Allegro (Sonny Young, soloist)

Plus Classical and Seasonal Favorites!

String Ensemble Highlights

Junior Strings
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt.
Mozart: String Quartet in C Major, No. 4, 1st mvt.
Smetana: Themes from the Moldau

Intermediate Strings
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 9, No. 3, Finale
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 44, No. 1, 1st mvt. 
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Finale

Wind Ensemble Highlights

Introductory Winds
Brahms (Arr. Sobieska): Theme from Symphony No. 1
Fried: The Three Musketeers
Haydn (Arr. Voxman and Block): Minuet and Allegro di Molto
Rameau (Transc. and Arr. Leeuwen and Andraud): Rigodon de Dardanus
Mozart (Transc. and Arr. Leeuwen and Andraud): Adagio
Tchaikovsky (Arr. Gee): Waltz from Symphony No. 5

Wind Ensemble
Bach (Arr. Magatagan): Concerto I in A Minor, 1st mvt. 
Gabrielli (Arr. Schorr): Canzon
Hovhaness: Divertimento, 1st, 2nd, and 7th mvt.                 
Mozart (Arr. Higgins): Mozart's Guide to the Woodwind Quintet
Yon (Arr. Marlatt): Gesu Bambino

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