CYO presented our Spring 2023 concert featuring the music of Soon Hee Newbold and our concerto competition winners.
California resident Soon Hee Newbold, born in 1974, is a violinist, pianist, and actress as well as a conductor and composer. Soon Hee’s music has been heard across the globe in many of the best known concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York City. Soon Hee’s music evokes vivid storylines and imagery through her use of singing melodies and intricate rhythms. Her music has the ability to transport the listener into the lush musical landscapes that she has created.
Also featured in this concert were the winners of Contemporary Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition: CYO violinist and Avon High School Junior, Sophie Ng and Hudson High School Senior and Violist, Roy Morcos.
Sophie presented the beloved Vaughan Williams work “The Lark Ascending.” This piece is renowned for its simple elegance and beauty, but is equally known for its demands on the performer. The performer must convey the simplicity of the musical line while physically being tested in every aspect of their musicianship.
Roy presented William Walton’s Viola Concerto. Walton’s Viola Concerto is one of the three major concerti in viola repertoire and holds that spot in large part because of the absolute mastery of the viola that is needed to play it. This concerto oscillates between ethereal, lyrical melodies and bold, rhythmic interjections and takes the audience, and the performer with it on its wild ride.
Contemporary Youth Orchestra’s December 17, 2022 concert featured two compelling pieces, 90 young musicians and 8 professional soloists.
CYO performed Vincent Mendoza’s “Concerto for Orchestra” and Pascal Le Boeuf’s “Triple Concerto.” This concert marked the first time that Mendoza’s piece was played in the United States. “Concerto for Orchestra” reflects themes of social justice and integrates elements of jazz and spoken word. Joining CYO on stage were soloists Chris Coles, Joe Tomino, Etienne Massicotte, Josiah Quarles and Dan Bruce.
CYO co-commissioned Le Boeuf’s “Triple Concerto” for violin, percussion duo and orchestra, which premiered on this program. Joining CYO on stage were violinist Barbora Kolářová and percussionists Garrett Arney and Ben Kipp.