The Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra (JSYO), conducted by Director David Anderson,announces its spring concert. The free concert will be held on Sunday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at the Galleria Mall lower level by Auntie Anne’s. The JSYO is thrilled to welcome an in-person audience to their concert this spring! For the safety of all, masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. The seating area will open at 6:40pm and there is no charge for admission, although donations to the JSYO Notes campaign will be gratefully accepted.
Led by David Anderson, the young musicians have prepared a program including Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, featuring Dr. Alex Dee,violin soloist, Director of Orchestral Studies and assistant professor of violin and viola at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The students of the youth orchestra often have the opportunity to perform with professional musicians as part of their experience with the JSYO. They will play Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, St. Louis Blues, by W.C. Handy, arranged by Holcombe and Giamario, and Shenandoah, arranged by Bullock.
As part of the JSYO’s commitment to music mentoring, students have the option to participate in small chamber music ensembles. This year’s ensembles, the JSYO String Quartet, JSYO Violin Quartet, and JSYO Woodwind Quintet will performat the concert.
Director David Anderson says, “We are extremely excited to be able to play for family, friends, and supporters! Our performance in late November was unlike any we had ever experienced. It was livestreamed on the JSYO Facebook page, and there was no audience in the room to hear the music. While we were grateful to be able to perform, we were reminded just how important the connection is between an ensemble and an audience in the same room. A large venue such as the Galleria Mall provides an opportunity to safely have an audience, and we look forward to sharing our music on May 9.”