The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras (GBYO) will perform its spring concert on May 19 at 3 p.m. at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. The concert will include performances by all five GBYO ensembles, which include some musicians from Weston.
GBYO also honors its seniors at the May concert. Weston seniors are Emily Goldberg, Jenna Klaassen and Daniel Muller, who all attend Weston High School.
Jefferson Zhang, the principal cellist for the GBYO Principal Orchestra, is a senior at Fairfield Warde High School, where he is a member of the chamber orchestra.
Christopher Hisey, music director for the organization, conducts the Principal Orchestra in the cello concerto as well as Kodaly’s “Intermezzo” from Hary Janos, highlights from West Side Story, and Japanese Maple by Alyssa Rodriguez.
In addition to the Principal Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Carrie Mascaro, will perform Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe, Prelude No. 1 from La Traviata by Verdi and the fourth movement of Symphony No. 5 by Shostavkovich.
Concert Orchestra, led by Erica Messina, will present Finale from Symphony No. 41, Jupiter by W.A. Mozart, Grand March from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner, and Hatikvah — The Hope by Elliot del Borgo.
Aaron Lofaro, conducting the String Orchestra, will perform Alla Tchaikovsky and Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space by Richard Meyer and Rolling in the Deep by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
Aaron Barkon and the Wind Ensemble will perform Stars and Stripes Forever, Sabre Dance, Simple Gifts (Saxophone Ensemble) and Carmina Burana (with Concert Orchestra Wind and Percussion Section).
In addition, the GBYO KEYS String Ensemble, conducted by Erica Messina, will make its first appearance at a GBYO concert performing The Russian Music Box by Soon Hee Newbold and Simple Square Dance by Dorothy Straub.
Founded in 1961, the GBYO offers four developmentally sequential orchestras and the Wind Ensemble. The 240-plus members in the five ensembles were chosen by competitive auditions in early fall and have been rehearsing since September in preparation for this concert.
Tickets for the May 19 concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the Klein Auditorium after 2 p.m. on the day of the performance or by calling the GBYO executive director, Barbara Upton, at 203-459-4249.
For more information, visit gbyo.org.