By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The state’s largest youth orchestra program, the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, will present the sounds of the holidays on Sunday, December 6 in Norman. There will be two concerts held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 131 S Flood Avenue, in Norman.
Both performances will feature the community’s most talented young musicians, with a variety of composers and music offered for all audiences.
The first concert is headlined by the organization’s two string orchestras as well as the youth philharmonic. The concert will include favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells and music from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
The organization’s flagship ensemble, wind ensemble and Festival Strings Program will join together to close the evening with a performance at 4 p.m.
Artistic Director Dr. Eric Garcia describes the concert as an “enthralling journey from Germany to Russia, to the scenic landscapes of Utah, featuring every section of the orchestra displaying it virtuosity and keen musicality.”
Garcia’s orchestra will present Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, selections from OCU Wanda L. Bass School of Music Professor of Composition Dr. Edward Knight’s Windows to the West and the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
“Our music is sure to get everyone in the holiday mood while presenting some beautifully challenging repertoire for our students,” said Dr. Matthew Mailman, conductor of the organization’s Oklahoma Youth Winds.
“Joseph Turrin’s Serenade Romantic is an adventurous cinematic tribute to the memory of Howard Hanson and everyone will enjoy the familiar fun of Leroy Anderson’s iconic Sleigh Ride.”
Other featured composers during the concert will include Erik Morales, Carl Stommen and Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Since 1977, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras has provided advanced orchestra education and performance opportunities for talented elementary, middle and high school musicians from all over the state.
More than 325 young musicians come together each year as part of the twelve programs supported by the organization.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the League of American Orchestras. The organization is a proud Member Agency of Allied Arts.
All ages are invited to join the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras for their concerts.
Tickets are $5 for individuals or $10 for families and are available at the door. More information on the organization’s concerts can be found online at oyomusic.org.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 405-232-1199.