The music world loves a birthday party as much as anyone else, so it is with special pleasure that the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra pays homage to George Gershwin, America's songwriter supreme, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
All three youth orchestra ensembles will gather at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday in Maryland Hall in Annapolis for a performance that will conclude the organization's eighth year of concerts.
Joining the senior orchestra ensemble and conductor Mark Allen McCoy will be guest pianist Daniel Lau, who will play "Rhapsody In Blue."
Lau, a graduate of Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory, has performed with the youth orchestra and other orchestras locally, nationally and at international festivals.
It was 75 years ago that George Gershwin, 26, with 11 completed musicals to his credit, decided to comply with band leader Paul Whiteman's request for an ambitious jazz-inspired work to be played not in a club or a Broadway theater, but in a concert hall.
On Feb. 7, 1924, at Manhattan's Aeolian Hall, a capacity crowd heard the ascending wail from the solo clarinet for the first time.
They were electrified. Before long, the American people had fallen in love with Gershwin and his signature work.
Rounding out the senior ensemble's portion of the program will be Tchaikovsky's ode to fun in the Mediterranean sun, "Capriccio Italien," and the rousing "Washington Post March" of John Phillip Sousa.
Jason Love will direct the Repertory Orchestra, the youth orchestra's intermediate ensemble, in the Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Mascagni, the "Academic Festival Overture" of Brahms and the world premier of "Sinfonia" by Mark Lanz Weiser, a young Baltimore composer.
The String Orchestra will play Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz," Tchaikovsky's "Chanson Triste" and excerpts from Mozart's Symphony No. 7.
Ticket information: 410-263-2664.
The symphony also announced that auditions for fall enrollment will be held in August.
Area music students age 8 to 18 may contact the office for audition information.
Pub Date: 5/28/98