April 15, 2013
The Siouxland Youth Orchestras will perform a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 28, in the East High School Auditorium, 5011 Mayhew Ave. It will be conductor Joseph Shufro’s farewell concert after 22 years of conducting the Siouxland Youth Symphony.
The concert is free and open to the public. It is taking place at East High School because Morningside College is renovating Eppley Auditorium.
The Siouxland Youth Symphony, consisting of high school and college students, is the advanced-level ensemble in the youth orchestras program. Its program for the concert will feature composers ranging Rossini to Stravinsky; soloists Brandy Trucke, oboe, and Robert Hwang, violin; and a Brahms "Romanze" for piano arranged for orchestra by Morningside College student Nicole Guericke. This ensemble is directed by Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside.
The Siouxland Philharmonia, the intermediate-level orchestra, will play arrangements of Mozart's "Magic Flute Overture" and the finale from "Beethoven's Fifth." It also will feature soloist Jackie Toben in “Violin Concerto in A Minor” by Bach. The ensemble is directed by Eleanor May-Patterson, orchestra director at East High School and adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Morningside College.
The Siouxland Symphonette, the elementary-level string ensemble, will perform several selections, including "Rounds for Strings" by Kathleen Swayze. That ensemble is directed by Heather Schmedinghoff, a specialist in educating young string players.