I want to thank Dir. Gene Wie and the CYOSC Board for providing free seats to hear the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California at their performance in the Barclay Theatre. May 22nd was their 20th Anniversary Concert. I was pleased that about 30 of our students age 4 and up from both the TEC and SASS programs were able to attend this wonderful concert.
This organization consisted of two ensembles. The Sinfonia was principally a preparatory string orchestra with students as young as 8 years of age played Albinoni, Ravel and Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean with impressive skill for their age. These students rotated their seating through out the concert giving each other opportunities to play in different positions.
The Symphony a somewhat older group played Glinka, Terricciano (World Premiere) and Mozart’ Jupiter Symphony. Hearing the Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla brought me back to my own experiences of playing in a similar organization as a youth. As Wie introduced and recognized this year’s Seniors to stand it also was also impressive to learn what schools these graduates were headed to in the Fall, even the institutions which where not music schools.
A 501 (c) (3) non profit community arts education organization based in Irvine, they also have a tradition of volunteering in the community doing community outreach to assist local music programs.
This was a very inspiring concert opportunity for Suzuki Students and just about the right length concert for our PreTwinkle students. When not performing at the Barclay their performances are admission free.
Thank you again for letting us take advantage of your musical celebration to expose our young ears to your excellent performances.
You can learn more about this performing organization at www.cyosc.com