Dec. 5, 2007
The Youth Orchestras of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music will present their winter concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will include performances by the Siouxland Youth Symphony, conducted by Joseph Shufro; the Siouxland Philharmonia, conducted by Jungho Kim; and the Siouxland Symphonette, conducted by Thomas Miller. The wide variety of selections will include “A Christmas Medley” arranged by Robert Frost, Purcell’s “English Suite,” the “Main Theme” from John Williams’ Star Wars, “Sabre Dance” by Aram Khachaturian, and Beethoven’s Symphony #2.
Shufro is an associate professor of music at Morningside College and a cello instructor for the academy. He is principal cellist for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, where he has appeared as a soloist and guest conductor. Kim is the associate conductor and 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.
The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, opened in the fall of 2004, serves student musicians from the age of four through college. In addition to managing the Siouxland Youth Symphonies, the academy provides private instruction, monthly workshops, performance classes, early string group classes, and the Bishop Heelan Catholic School String Program. Young musicians from Sioux City and surrounding communities rehearse Monday evenings on the Morningside College campus.
The academy is made possible in part by a partnership between Morningside College and the Sioux City Symphony. Need-based scholarships for students are available through funding from the Kind World Foundation, Unnamed Foundation of Security National Bank and Target Corporation.
Auditions for the Youth Orchestras Program’s second session will be held Friday, January 4. For more information, contact Jill Wilson, director of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, at (712) 274-5357.