Nov. 24, 2012
The Siouxland Youth Orchestras will present a concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., on the campus of Morningside College. The event is free and open to the public.
The program begins with the Siouxland Symphonette, a string ensemble for elementary level players. Heather Schmedinghoff, a specialist in educating for young string players, directs the group. Selections include arrangements of “Trepak” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and the finale from Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”
The Siouxland Philharmonia is the program’s intermediate orchestra including string, wind and percussion players. Eleanor May-Patterson, orchestra director at East High School and violin/viola instructor at Morningside College, conducts the ensemble. Selections include arrangements of Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger Overture”, Beethoven’s “Fidelio Overture” and Offenbach’s “Bluebeard.”
The Siouxland Youth Symphony Orchestra is the advanced high school and college level orchestra. Morningside College faculty member Joseph Shufro directs the orchestra. Selections include Handel’s “Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major”, Brahms’s “Hungarian Dances” and Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City.” The Copland work features two Youth Symphony principal players: Joel Dorsett on trumpet and Brandy Trucke on English horn. The program concludes with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1 in C Major.”
The Siouxland Youth Orchestras function as a part of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, under the auspices of the Morningside College Department of Music.