April 10, 2012
The Siouxland Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 29, at Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., on the Morningside College campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Siouxland Youth Symphony, consisting of high-school and Morningside College students, is the advanced level ensemble in the three-tier youth orchestras program of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, an arm of the Morningside College Department of Music. The Siouxland Youth Symphony is directed by Joe Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside.
Joining the orchestra for part of the program is a 150-voice mass choir composed of the Morningside College Choir, Morningside Bel Canto Women’s Chorus, the Morningside Singing Men
,and members of the Siouxland Master Chorale directed by Timothy Watson, director of choral activities at Morningside.
The orchestra and chorus will perform Mozart’s “Regina Coeli” and “Ave Verum Corpus” under Watson’s direction. The program will conclude with the finale from act two of Verdi’s “Aida” with Shufro conducting the mass chorus and orchestra.
Siouxland Youth Symphony Soloists Competition winner Lindsey O’Halloran also will perform the “Piano Concerto in A Minor” by Edvard Grieg with the orchestra.
The Siouxland Symphonette, the elementary level string ensemble, will perform music related to dance, including Offenbach’s “Can–Can” and Bizet’s “Farandole.” The Symphonette is under the direction of Heather Schmedinghoff, a specialist in educating young string players.
The Siouxland Philharmonia, the intermediate level orchestra, will perform selections that include arrangements of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italienne” and Holst’s “St. Paul Suite.” Eleanor May-Paterson, orchestra director at Sioux City’s East High School and adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Morningside, directs the Philharmonia.