Youth orchestra to open Dec. 21

December 11, 1997|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, one of Maryland's premier performing arts organizations for young people, has planned a season that includes choral masterpieces, a piano competition and a joint concert with a youth orchestra from New York.

The season opens with a stage full of musicians from all three ensembles performing under the -CYSO aegis at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The String Orchestra under the direction of John Nardolillo, the intermediate Repertory Orchestra under Jason Love's baton and the senior ensemble with Mark McCoy on the podium will present a program of holiday favorites. Soprano Holly Thomson DiClaudio will sing.

Chesapeake Chorale joins the CYSO to present two choral masterpieces by Brahms, "Nanie" and "Song of Destiny" on Feb. 14.

The impressionistic colors of Debussy's "Nocturnes" and the ardent Czech patriotism of Smetana's much-loved tone poem, "The Moldau," will round out the program to be conducted by McCoy.

The Maryland Piano Competition also figures in the CYSO's plans. On April 14, three talented pianists from the state will perform a movement each from Mozart's sublime A-major Piano Concerto (K. 412). Selections from Grieg's "Sigurd Jorsalfar" suite and Tchaikovsky's tuneful ode to fun in the Mediterranean sun, "Capriccio Italien," also will be on the program.

The Gemini Youth Orchestra of New York City joins the CYSO for a concert April 18 at Quiet Waters Park that will be repeated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington the next day. Works by Shostakovich and Grieg are planned, along with American favorites such as Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

"We're in something of a rebuilding year," says McCoy, the CYSO's talented 32-year-old conductor who was the only American among the six finalists at the prestigious Toscanini Conducting Competition held recently in Parma, Italy. "But the overall level of our talent is still high, and the kids have shown great attitude all year long.

"We have some very strong music-making going on," says McCoy, who is in his third season with the orchestra.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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