April 26, 2006
The Youth Orchestras program of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music (LKAM) at Morningside College will present a concert on Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will include performances by the Youth Symphony, conducted by Joseph Shufro, the Philharmonia, conducted by Jungho Kim, and the Siouxland Symphonette, conducted by Thomas Miller. Selections will include Bach’s “My Heart Ever Faithful,” Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” Bartok’s “Hungarian Pictures,” and Franz Schubert’s “Symphony no. 8 in B minor,” to name a few.
Cellist Suzanne Hsieh, a senior at North High School in Sioux City, will perform a movement from Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor, Op. 33. Violinist Lissa Kelsey, a junior at Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School, will perform the first movement of Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14. Hsieh and Kelsey were winners of the academy’s concerto competition held in November, 2005.
Shufro is associate professor of music at Morningside College and instructor of cello for the academy. He is principal cellist for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, where he has appeared as soloist and guest conductor.
Kim is instructor of violin and director of the Early String Program for the academy. He also serves as education director for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Miller is director of orchestras and a women’s show choir for the Sioux City Community School District. He is principal bass for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Sioux City-based organization Rockestra.
The LKAM opened in the fall of 2004 and focuses on private instruction, monthly workshops, and performance classes for student musicians from beginner to high school. Through a partnership between the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Morningside College, the academy directs the symphony’s three youth orchestras and the Early String Program. The Youth Orchestras program includes the Youth Symphony, for the most advanced musicians, the Philharmonia, for middle school, high school, and advanced elementary school musicians, and the Symphonette, for beginning and intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass players.