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January 23, 2014

Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Concert Offeres Music From Around The World

The Orchestras of the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony will take the audience on a global journey Sunday afternoon, January 26th at 3:00 pm at the Weill Center.

resizedimage114155 Susan StauberThe Sinfonia will start off with Snoek’s Irish Jig and Aire, a fusion of two well-known folk songs from Ireland: Irish Washerwoman and Sheebeg and Sheemore. Next is Sieving’s Dalarnian Melody (Gammal Fabodpsalm Dalarna), a popular tune from Sweden that evokes the northern character of many of Scandinavia’s folk tunes. Sinfonia wraps up its section of the program with Stephan’s Variations on a Well-Known Sea Chantey, which effectively conveys the boisterous nature of sailors and the unpredictable, tempestuous moods of the sea.

The opening number of the Says Concert Orchestra is Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 which is based on traditional Hungarian themes. Next Del Borgo’s Aboriginal Rituals, offers an Australian contemporary piece full of energy with driving rhythms throughout. Then one of the most famous arias from Bizet’s Carmen, The Toreador Song with Spanish influences, features the Brass Quintet. This group includes Michael Winkler and Ethan Marema, Trumpets; Eddie Niedzialkowski, Horn; Evan Sebranek, Trombone; and Nicholas Akstulewicz, Tuba.

resizedimage110161 debbiewilliamsonThe Concert Orchestra’s repertoire also features Fandango, the final movement of Capriccio Espagnole by Rinsky-Korsakov, an energetic dance from the northern regions of Spain. Always lively, Kreger’s Havah Nagila, with Israeli roots, is a Jewish traditional folk song.

Holcombe’s International Dixieland Jambouree spotlights the American South and is comprised of three well known tunes: Bill Bailey, Infirmary Blues and When the Saints Come Marching In. Windham’s Taiko enjoys a Japanese flavor imitating a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. Wrapping up the program is Hardiman’s The Lord of the Dance. With its Irish roots, the score was written in 1996 and quickly became an international hit.

Last season, our Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony was expanded to include two orchestras. The new Sinfonia offers a high quality orchestral experience to almost 40 young musicians. Sinfonia is performing its second season under the baton of Susan Stauber. The Concert Orchestra continues to grow artistically under the direction of Debbie Williamson. Today the Youth Symphony has grown to 70+ musicians, representing 12 different communities and 16 different schools from around Sheboygan County, including many Home Schoolers. During the 2013-2014 season, the Concert Orchestra will again be traveling on a national tour.

This season, our two orchestras will be presenting three public performances together, as well as school tours and other educational endeavors in the Sheboygan area. Williamson and Stauber extend a personal invitation to each of you to attend one of their three concerts to experience the caliber of our Sheboygan area young musicians. The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra jointly sponsors the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Sinfonia and the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra with the Sheboygan Area School District.

Tickets are still available for the January 26th performance at 3:00 pm at the Weill Center for The Performing Arts and will be available at the door prior to the concert. Ticket prices: Adults $10; Students and Seniors $6; Children 5 and under Free.

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