LSYO & String Ensemble Concert in Review

LSYO Review

December 13th LSYO & String Ensemble

A great night of entertainment was enjoyed by a large audience for the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra (LSYO) & String Ensemble concert this week! This concert marked the first Youth Orchestras concert held at Callaway Auditorium, since 2019. (more concert photos below)

LSYO ReviewWelcome

LaGrange Symphony President, Janet Johnson, opened the program by welcoming everyone and by extending special thanks to the 2022-2023 LSYO concert sponsor, Synovus.
Synovus LSYO sponsor

She also extended special thanks to the Symphony Guild, LaGrange College, Celeste Myall, and Leah Bonas.  The audience joined her in giving them a round of applause in recognition of their contributions.

Both directors were also thanked. Sam Lee is the director of the String Ensemble, and Michael Giel is the director of the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Musicians performing were:

LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra

Violin I
Ashlyn Endicott #
Jacob Kite

Violin II
Alyssa Endicott ^
Alex Lee
Bo Morman
Caleb Hwang
Julie Mccart

Viola
Alisa Lee ^
Wesley Minicozzi

Cello
Kate Veatch ^
Whit Hammond
Max Zachry
Jade Murray

Double Bass
Gabriel Borin *

# Concertmaster
^ Section Principal
*LaGrange Symphony Member
! String Ensemble Assistants

 

String Ensemble

Violin I
Addy Hurtado
Alex Lee
Andrew Kite
Jaden Jeong
Julie Mccart

Violin II
Ella Riggs
Sawyer Hubbard
Serenity Kempson
Alyssa Endicott !
Heidy Jimenez
Grace White
Aryan Patel

Violin Ill
Eunice Kim
Ashlyn Endicott !

Viola
Michael Zerla
Lucah Prophett

Cello
Whit Hammond
Grant Endicott
Double Bass
Gabriel Borin *

# Concertmaster
^ Section Principal
*LaGrange Symphony Member
! String Ensemble Assistants

Program featured both orchestras separately and then combined

The String Ensemble was first, which features the younger musicians. They are under the direction of Sam Lee.
They performed:
Allegro from Concerto in G Major   –   Antonio Vivaldi / Arr. Clebanoff
Symphony no. 8 mvt. III   –    Johan Stamitz / Arr. Phillips
Crystal City March    –   Mark Williams
Up On The House Top    –   Benjamin Hanby / Arr. Tepping
Dreidel    –   Samuel Goldfarb / Arr. Lee
Jingle Bells    –   James Pierpoint / Arr. Tepping

The LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra were next under the direction of Michael Giel.
They performed:
Acrobats    –   Richard Meyer
Ase’s Death    –   Edvard Grieg
Greensleeves    –   Arr. Hermann
Halcyon    –   William Hofeldt
Boisterous Flight    –   Joshua Reznicow

The two orchestra groups combined for an audience participation section. The orchestras played while the audience sang the following Christmas carols:
Adeste Fideles    –   John Wade
Joy To The World   –    Isaac Watts
The First Noel    –   John Gardner
We Wish You A Merry Christmas    –   Arthur Warrell

These two groups of young musicians showed wonderful ability in control, dynamics, and sound quality. It was impressive to hear the level at which they played, and heart-warming to understand the comradery and teamwork involved to present this program.  Well done!

Here are a few images from the concert:

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