Sounds of Storytelling, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s March 24th concert, is packed with excitement! Beginning with Red Rhythmico by Mosier, and Summer Dances by Balmages, the LSO will be presenting these two selections, in their annual side-by-side with the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra (LSYO). This experience is an important step in the student’s musical education and is not taken lightly. The LSYO students are directed by Celeste Myall, and are always expertly prepared. Each year, we have high expectations from these students, and our expectations are always exceeded.
Also on the program, are two… yes, two guest soloists. They are both first-place winners of the Young Artists Competition (YAC). The 2019 YAC for Winds winner, Connor Holland, will perform Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Then, Melody Sim, who is the 2020 YAC for Strings winner, will perform the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra began the Young Artists Competition in 1996 to encourage professional standards of performance among young musicians. Originally formed to serve residents or resident students within a 50 mile radius of LaGrange, the competition now serves talented young musicians from six southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Connor Holland and Melody Sim both earned the Dorothy Allen Turner Award for first place in their respective years. The YAC competition rotates through competitions for strings, winds, and piano in separate years.
Fourth in the program of this wonderful concert, will be Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, narrated by Carol Cain. Everyone loves a charming family-friendly story, and this one was written in 1936 by one of the greatest twentieth century composers. A wonderful opportunity to hear many of our LSO musicians featured as soloists playing the different characters in the story! This symphonic tale is a great time for parents and grandparents to introduce their children and grandchildren to live classical, orchestral music. Share your passion for music, it may open up a whole new world.
The LSO artistic director/conductor is Dr. Richard Prior. Concert starts at 7:30 PM Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA.