The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony will perform their Fall 2017 Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, at the UCSC Music Recital Hall. We can’t think of a better way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon — listening to music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich performed by our talented young musicians, ages 10 to 20. In particular, children will be inspired to see other kids their age performing at such a high level. No one will be disappointed!
Founded in 1966, the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony is made up of students from throughout Santa Cruz County who study and excel at their chosen instruments, from violin to cello, flute to trumpet, harp to percussion. Our mission is to foster a lifelong appreciation for classical music in the youth of Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on the beauty and value of the experience of playing and performing this music with others.
Music director and conductor Nathaniel Berman is one of those charismatic young conductors who knows how to work with young people and bring out the best in their musical abilities. The Fall Concert features 13-year-old soloist Laura Wang performing in a beautiful Mendelssohn Violin Concerto that many listeners will recognize. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony shows off the orchestra’s skill at conveying both grand and quiet moments. It’s hard to choose, but my personal favorite on the program is the delightful set of dances that make up the Ballet Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Admission to the concert is free for students up to age 18. Adults pay $15, seniors $10, older students just $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or through the Buy Tickets button on our website: http://www.sccys.org/concerts/