Symphony Orchestra brought the house down at their spring concert at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, May 19th! Rousing and emotional performances from CYSO’s top ensemble, led by Music Director Allen Tinkham, had the crowd on their feet at multiple points throughout the evening.
The evening began with an energetic performance of Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture by Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Associate Conductor Terrance Malone Gray.
Symphony Orchestra’s program kicked off with a performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor. Soloist Rabia Brooke, last year’s Concerto Competition winner, dazzled the audience with her virtuosic and lyrical playing.
This year’s Doug & Sharon Carroll Conducting Fellow Alexander Carroll, also co-principal bassist in Symphony Orchestra, made his conducting debut. Alex led his peers in a spirited performance of Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down.
The emotional finale of the evening came as Symphony Orchestra performed Sibelius’ impassioned Symphony No. 7 in C Major and Stravinsky’s infamous Firebird Suite. This summer, students from Symphony Orchestra will embark on a tour of the Baltics, and the spring program featured music from from that region of the world. Finland—the home of Jean Sibelius— and Russia—the home of Igor Stravinsky.
The evening also featured the presentation of CYSO’s 2019 awards, including the Mollendorf Award to Sean Ford, Albert Pick III Award to Karen Ge, both in Symphony Orchestra, and three CYSO performance awards: Jazz Orchestra’s Aaron Kaufman-Levine, and Symphony Orchestra’s Lucie Boyd and Oliver Talukder.
Symphony Orchestra Violinist Sophia Kreider presented the Music Inspiration Award to her violin instructor Jennifer Cappelli. Jenny was nominated by four of her students in Symphony Orchestra. And finally, Gregory Clemons of the Illinois Council of Orchestras presented Maestro Allen Tinkham with ICO’s 2018 Conductor of the Year award in honor of his work with CYSO.
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate this rousing end of Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season!
Photos by Grittani Creative