Sunday, May 2—VIRTUAL—The Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO) presents its third concert series of the season on Sunday, May 2, via livestream from the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. The VYO’s 80 musicians, under the baton of Music Director Dr. Mark Alpizar, will present four concerts throughout the day. In addition to featuring this year’s concerto winners, musicians are performing works by Verdie, Gounod, Debussy, Shostakovich, Clarke, Wagner, de Abreu, Marin, Fuentes, and Biber.
All concerts are donation-based and require registration.
- 12:30 p.m.: Adriana Verdie’s “Tanguescente” and Charles Gounod’s Petite symphonie, movements 1, 4.
Mason Davis, clarinet.
- 3 p.m.: Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.
Layla Morris, cello.
- 5:30 p.m.: Axel Clarke’s “Ro Sham Beaux,” Richard Wagner’s Funeral March from “Die Gotterdammerung,” and Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico Tico,” arr. David Marlatt
- 8 p.m.: Theresa Marin’s “Almost Alice,” Rubén Fuentes’s “La Bikina,” and Heinrich Biber’s “Battalia a 10 in D major”
VYO Concerto winners, a longstanding tradition
The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (VYOA) is proud to present two of this year’s four senior soloists. While performances are not taking place in person at the Flynn, the VYOA has been featuring these fine performers via livestream concerts all season long.
Mason Davis, a senior at St. Johnsbury Academy, began playing clarinet at age 12. Since then, he has participated in various musical groups at the Academy, local town groups, music festivals, and the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Last year, he was placed as principal clarinet at the New England Music Festival, assistant principal at All-States, accepted on violin in All-States, and accepted into the Interlochen music camp.
Layla Morris, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School, began playing the cello nearly 15 years ago, at age 3. She has participated in the All-State and New England Music Festivals, and has been awarded principal cello in both orchestras. She also received two All-State scholarship awards. Last February, she performed with the Vermont Philharmonic as the Borowicz Scholarship Competition winner.
For over 50 years the VYOA has been a leader in shaping our region’s young musicians. This season, the VYOA represents more than 300 musicians in grades 1-12 from 63 elementary, middle, and high schools, hailing from 10 Vermont counties and neighboring states. With a commitment to children of all ages, the VYOA offers performing ensembles and orchestras, training programs, a private lesson program, school partnerships and community initiatives, summer camps, and an early childhood concert series. You can hear VYOA musicians of all ages perform in the VYOA Virtual Concert Hall online throughout the 2020-2021 season.
For more information, visit vyo.org.