Last Wednesday, the Symphony held its first rehearsal in preparation for the upcoming Salute To Youth concert on March 3rd. Having participated in the Salute to Youth program many times in my own high school years, I have a special place in my heart for this program. It’s a singular experience to perform as a musician with a full orchestra behind you, an experience that stays with you for your whole life.
This year’s program offers not just a chance to see some marvelously talented young musicians, but the program contains a wonderful mix of “must-hear” classics and beautiful, innovative contemporary pieces:
Fans of opera will undoubtedly be familiar with the beautiful aria “O Mio Babbino Caro,” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, in which a woman pleads with her father to reconcile with the family of the man she loves.
It’s not often that you’ll hear a harpist play a solo with a full orchestra, but odds are you have heard Handel’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in B flat major, a classic of the repertoire and a great example of the baroque era.
The third movement of Saint-Seans’ Piano Concerto in G minor is a thrill-a-minute piece for both the soloist and the orchestra that is sure to liven up any evening at the theater.
Ney Rosauro is a modern percussionist and composer, and has written many beautiful pieces for marimba, and this year we have the opportunity to play his Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra with a talented young player. Surprisingly, I learned last night that several members of the Symphony are familiar with this piece and have played it before. This will be a first for me.
An eclectic evening such as this would be incomplete, of course, without Mozart, and we’re delighted to have a great young talent play the first movement of his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G major to round out the evening.
The Symphony has a couple of other pieces in its pocket that we will be playing, as well, but more on those next week!