The Chesapeake Youth Symphony began with one orchestra, one gifted conductor and a master plan fashioned by community leaders intent on giving talented young musicians the opportunity to play demanding symphonic repertoire in the most supportive artistic environment possible.
Ten years later, the CYSO, with no fewer than four ensembles under its organizational aegis, will celebrate the decade with a season-ending concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.
The concert will spotlight all three orchestral ensembles - the senior CYSO, the intermediate Repertory Orchestra and the String Orchestra - as well as the newest group, the Flute Choir.
For this concert, the orchestra has opted to salute the past by bringing back founding conductor Karen Lynne Deal, whose mighty efforts during the CYSO's first two seasons did so much to get it off to a successful start.
Now the associate conductor of the Nashville Symphony, Deal returns to conduct the CYSO in "Finlandia," by Jean Sibelius.
David Choo, the senior ensemble's current conductor, will conduct the "Hungarian Dance #1" by Johannes Brahms, and movements II and IV from Tchaikovsky's galvanic 4th Symphony.
Under the baton of its conductor, Jason Love, the Repertory Orchestra will play movement II from Howard Hanson's sumptuous "Romantic" Symphony, Morton Gould's stirring "American Salute" and the rousing Finale from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
The String Orchestra will contribute Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3 and the "Brook Green Piece" by Gustav Holst. Deborah Greitzer, a master bassoonist and a professor of music at St. Mary's College of Maryland will conduct.
The Flute Choir, ably prepared by Cynthia Rugolo, will perform arrangements of Bedrich Smetana's tone poem, "The Moldau" and selections from Haydn's Symphony #45 in F sharp minor, "The Farewell."
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For information about the concert or auditions for the 2000-2001 CYSO season, call 410-263-2663.