Santa Barbara Youth Symphony & Junior Orchestra Will Present Free Concerts November 12 & 13
For Immediate Release: November 7, 2016
Contact: Tim Dougherty
Santa Barbara, CA — Two Santa Barbara Symphony youth ensembles featuring orchestral musicians from throughout the region will present free concerts in Santa Barbara on November 12 and 13. The Junior Orchestra, which features young musicians from Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria, will perform at 3 pm on Saturday, November 12, in the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall. The Youth Symphony, whose accomplished members hail from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, will perform works by Brahms, Mussorgsky, and others at 4 pm on Sunday, November 13, in the Lobero Theatre.
Consisting of some 70 musicians ages 12 to 18, the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is the capstone program of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s award-winning Music Education Center, which offers a series of highly regarded instructional programs for area children of all ages. The ensemble is led by Music Director Andy Radford, principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and members are selected through audition. The November 13 performance will feature a solo turn by violinist Holly Radford, a 17-year-old resident of Santa Barbara. Consisting of about 75 beginning and intermediate musicians ages 9 to 14, the Junior Orchestra is led by Santa Barbara Symphony violinist Marisa McLeod.
Both ensembles will perform thrice more this season (the Junior Orchestra on March 4, April 29, and May 20; the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony on March 5, April 25, and May 21). Venue information and program details are available online at www.thesymphony.org.
The Santa Barbara Symphony serves approximately 8,300 young people directly through its Music Education Center, whose programs also include the Music Van, Concerts for Young People, and the String Workshop. In operation since 1978, the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Van visits third-grade classrooms in the greater Santa Barbara area between September and December, serving some 2,000 students in more than 40 schools each year. The program is the recipient of a California Teachers Association Gold Award for Outstanding Support of Public Education (2009) and a Sally Parker Education Gold Award from the League of American Orchestras (2007).
The Symphony recently spearheaded an expansion of BRAVO!, the Santa Barbara Unified School District’s afterschool music education program, and has launched a violin program in the Hope Elementary School District.
For more information, call 805-898-8785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.