SC Philharmonic Youth Orchestras to Perform at Koger Center Sunday, April 29, 3:30 PM

In their final concert of the season, the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth, Repertory and String Orchestras will perform Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:30 PM at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Highlights of the most advanced orchestra – the Youth Orchestra - include this year's concerto competition winner, senior Cecilia Hoyt, playing the first movement of Edward Elgar's hauntingly beautiful Cello Concerto. Under the direction of Neil Casey, the Youth Orchestra will also perform the demanding Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, and - for the first time in Youth Orchestra history - conclude with a side-by-side performance of Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger with the Repertory Orchestra.

In additional to this memorable side-by-side performance, the Repertory Orchestra - the intermediate level ensemble of the three Youth Orchestras - will perform the Finale of Beethoven's iconic 5th Symphony. Under the direction of conductor Hayden Denesha, the program will also include music from Wagner's Tannhauser, and a very special performance of Selections from Phantom of the Opera.

The Strings Orchestra, led by conductor Meredith Miller, has a challenging and entertaining program for their final performance of the season, beginning with an arrangement of the "Great Gate of Kiev" from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Youth Orchestra senior Aaron Spears, piano, will then join the strings-only ensemble to perform "The Syncopated Clock"" by Leroy Anderson. This portion of the program will conclude with "El Gato Pizzicato", a Latin-inspired piece about a cat and dog not getting along, and an arrangement of the folk song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" - the most difficult piece the group has played this season.

Founded in 1964 as an educational extension of the South Carolina Philharmonic (SCP), the S.C. Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (SCPYO) offer exceptional orchestral playing experience for young people throughout the Midlands. Each year approximately 200 students participate in three orchestras, comprised of the most talented young musicians in the Midlands. Membership in the SCPYO program is open to students throughout the state, ages 8 through high school, by audition.

The South Carolina Philharmonic entertains, educates, enriches and excites diverse audiences through live symphonic music.