Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra: Westonites to play in spring concert

The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO) will present a concert on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School. The concert will feature performances by the three WCYO ensembles, composed of nearly 100 auditioned musicians in grades five through 12 from 17 towns in Connecticut and New York.

Musicians from Weston include Grayson Kane, cello; Natalie Marks, violin; Katherine Mitchell, cello; Julia Weisman, violin; Cameron Edgar, cello; and Natalie Schanzer, trumpet.

The Symphony Orchestra performance will include the premiere 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.

The Wind Ensemble will preview the program that it 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 8. 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 19 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 fund-raiser at Bernard’s in Ridgefield on Sunday, June 9. Ticket information for that event is available at wctyo.org.

Auditions for the WCYO will be held the first week of June. For more information on auditions, WCYO ensembles and events, visit wctyo.org or call 203-894-8786.

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