Chattanooga Now CSO Youth Orchestras holds Penny Performance

Chattanooga Now CSO Youth Orchestras holds Penny Performance

March 2nd, 2012 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music


What: CSO Youth Orchestras concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Where: Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave.

Admission: $6 adults, $4 college students and seniors (65 and older), 1 cent each for up to three precollege students accompanied by an adult.

Phone: 255-9594, 267-9011.

Monday night's concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras could be considered a lucky night for its youngest patrons. Precollege students will be admitted for 1 cent each (up to three with each accompanying adult).

The Penny Performance is a first for the Chattanooga area, organizers say. The idea was formulated by graduates of Allied Arts' Bill Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute class of 2011.

The Youth Philharmonic, conducted by Sandy Morris, will open the night with one of the most famous Hungarian gypsy melodies, "Csárdás." Among the works to follow are two movements of Georges Bizet's L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2; the Intermezzo, which highlights strings, winds, timpani and harp; the Farandole, a lively march that contrasts the Intermezzo; and Antonin Dvorák's renowned "New World" symphony, inspired by the composer's trip to America. The other work on the program is Sevilla from Suite Espagnole written by Isaac Albéniz, the father of "modern" Spanish music.

The concert's second half, performed by the Youth Symphony, conducted by Gary Wilkes, will begin with Aaron Copland's "Variations on a Shaker Melody," which features the famous tune "Simple Gifts."

Other works include "Russian Easter Overture," by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, based on a collection of old Russian Orthodox liturgical chants; and "Conga del Fuego Nuevo," the latest composition from young Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.

Also featured in this portion of the program will be cellist Daniel Howard, performing Edward Elgar's Concerto for Cello. The homeschooled student was runner-up in this year's CSOYO concerto competition.