Chattanooga Now CSO Youth Orchestra features 'Planets' in Monday concert

Chattanooga Now CSO Youth Orchestra features 'Planets' in Monday concert

February 27th, 2014 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences junior Chandler Custer rehearses a piece at the Center for Creative Arts for his sister's wedding on Tuesday, August 28. Custer is the concert master of the CSAS symphonic orchestra, the second chair first violinist in the CSO Youth Orchestra and a competitive tennis player.

Photo by Allison Love /Times Free Press.


Philharmonic Orchestra

¦ Bach: Brandenburg Sinfonia

¦ Wagner: Overture to "Rienzi"

¦ Verdi: "Anvil Chorus" from "Il Trovatore"

¦ Rimsky-Korsakov: "Dubinushka"

¦ Glière: "Russian Sailors' Dance"'


¦ Haydn: Concerto for Oboe, 1st Movement (featuring soloist Justin Smith)

¦ Barber: Concerto for Violin, 1st Movement (featuring soloist Chandler Custer)

¦ Holst: "The Planets": "Mars," "Venus," "Jupiter"

The classical music that inspired a cosmic soundtrack will be featured when the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras continue their 2013-14 season Monday, March 3. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave.

The CSOYO's Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gary Wilkes, will feature selections from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst, whose massive work includes movements for each of the planets in the solar system. Monday's concert will feature "Mars," "Venus" and "Jupiter." The music, familiar to many people, was the direct inspiration for John Williams as he wrote the score for the Star Wars movies, according to CSOYO officials.

The CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sandy Morris, will open the concert with a variety of works, including "Russian Sailors' Dance" by Glière.

Also featured on the program are the runners-up (tied) for the 2013 CSOYO Concerto Competition:

¦ Chandler Custer (violin), a senior at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, will be featured in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto.

¦ Justin Smith (oboe), a senior at Heritage High School, will solo in the Oboe Concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn.

This will be a "penny performance." All children and students accompanied by a paying adult may attend for one penny each. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, students and seniors. Call 423-267-9011 for more information.