Nov. 30, 2006
The Youth Orchestras program of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music (LKAM) will present a concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, 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, the Siouxland Symphonette, conducted by Thomas Miller, and a percussion ensemble, conducted by Ron Smith. Selections will include “Themes from the Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 1, Handel’s “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba,” and others.
Shufro has been conductor of the Youth Symphony since 1991. He is associate professor of music at Morningside College and instructor of cello for the academy. He also serves as 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 and serves as cover-conductor for Xian Zhang.
Miller is instructor of string bass for the academy. He is director of orchestras for the northern part of the Sioux City Community School District and directs the East High School all-women’s show choir. He is principal bass for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Sioux City-based organization Rockestra.
Smith is adjunct instructor of percussion for the academy. He is a member of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and performs with other local ensembles including the Sioux City Municipal Band, Siouxland Jazz Orchestra, and the LeMars Municipal Band.
The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music opened in the fall of 2004 and focuses on private instruction, monthly workshops, and performance classes for student musicians from beginner to high school. The academy also directs the three youth orchestras of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra including 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.