The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO) will present a concert on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 4:00 PM. at Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School. The concert will feature performances by the three WCYO ensembles, comprised of nearly a hundred auditioned musicians in grades five through twelve from seventeen towns in Connecticut and New York. The Symphony Orchestra performance will include the premier of a commissioned piece by jazz composer, Chris Jentsch, entitled Three Moods, featuring Jentsch on guitar and WCYO Musician Jack Truskowski of Ridgefield on jazz saxophone. The Orchestra will also perform pieces by John Williams and Mussorgsky.
The String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble will perform music with a distinctly American flavor. Strings pieces include “Hoe Down” from Copland’s Rodeo, “Old Time Rock and Roll” originally recorded by Bob Seger, and the beautiful “Ashokan Farewell”. At the May concert, the Wind Ensemble will preview the program they will also perform at the Soldier’s Fair, a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, to be held in Ridgefield’s Ballard Park on June 8th. That performance will include “Pride and Glory March”, “Within These Hallowed Halls”, “Armed Forces - The Pride of America”, and a beautiful concert band rendition of “America the Beautiful”. Tickets for the May 19th concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and will be available at the door on the day of the event.
The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra also invites the public to attend its annual Garden Party concert and fundraiser at Bernard’s in Ridgefield on Sunday, June 9th. Ticket information for that event is available on the website. Auditions for the WCYO will be held the first week of June for the 2013-2014 season. All interested musicians are encouraged to audition. For more information on auditions, WCYO ensembles and events visit www.wctyo.org or call (203) 894-8786.