The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera youth orchestras will open their 2011-12 season Monday with what promises to be "a spectacular night of music," according to CSOYO officials.
The CSOYO features more than 150 young musicians from across the tri-state area. For this concert, the organization's two premier ensembles -- the Symphony and Philharmonic -- will take the stage for a combined performance.
The Youth Symphony, conducted by Gary Wilkes, will celebrate the musical genius of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, presenting two of his masterpieces, "Procession of the Nobles" and "Capriccio Espagnol."
The ensemble also will feature current concertmaster Emily Oing performing Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto. The young violinist is a senior at Girls Preparatory School and won this year's CSOYO concerto competition by performing this Sibelius work.
Conductor Sandy Morris will lead the Youth Philharmonic through a diverse compilation of pieces, including Johannes Brahms' masterwork "Academic Festival Overture" and Carl Strommen's "Prairiesong," which has a soulful beginning that evolves into a lively fiddle tune and hoedown.
Other works on the program are "Hatikvah -- The Hope," Elliot Del Borgo's powerful arrangement of the Israeli national anthem; "Artemis Rising," written by Jeffrey Bishop; and Bob Cerulli's "Celebration."
The CSOYO was founded in 1949. Its membership of 150-plus students, ages 6-19, comprise four main orchestras that perform throughout a nine-month season.
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