This month, don’t miss a performance by another northwest musical gem, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. This group is part of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, or SYSO, which was founded in 1942 and today is the largest youth symphony organization in the United States, operating four orchestras for young musicians, as well as three summer music programs and outreach programs to the public schools. SYSO currently has an enrollment of more than 1100 students. The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra is led by Stephen Rogers Radcliffe (who also conducts Thalia). Each of the other orchestras in the SYSO organization has its own dedicated conductor, and all of these orchestras provide excellent professional coaches for the sections.
The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra is the group comprised of the most advanced students, and they will be performing at Benaroya Hall on Sunday Nov. 20th at 3:00 PM. The program features Blast! By David Stock, Ground 0 (Redux) by Robert Beaser (with Gerard Schwarz guest-conducting), the Violin Concerto by Sibelius with Jeffrey Lee, soloist, and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.
In addition, the three other SYSO orchestras – the Symphonette, the Debut, and the Junior Symphony Orchestras will be in concert next month, on December 4th at Meaney Hall on the University of Washington campus.
If you have not heard these kids, make a point of it – they can really play!