Celebrating 20 years

The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon is getting ready to present its annual spring concert series. The group's three ensembles will perform at three venues over three days.

The first concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Grants Pass High School's Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. The second concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The final concert in the series is slated for — p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

This year marks the YSSO's 20th season of performances. Pianist Joseph Yungen will be the featured soloist with the Youth Symphony in a performance of three movements from Serge Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5. A graduate of Crater High School, Yungen is majoring in piano performance at Southern Oregon University where he is a student of Alexander Tutunov. The Youth Symphony will also perform Franz Liszt's "Les Preludes."

The musicians of Youth Orchestra will play the "Poet and Peasant Overture" by Franz von Supp&

233;, M. L. Daniels' "Festique" and "Blessed Are They" from Johannes Brahms' German Requiem. Youth Strings will perform works by G. F. H&

228;ndel, Jean Baptiste Lully and Sheila Nelson.Cynthia Hutton, YSSO music director and conductor of the Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra, is marking her 13th season with the YSSO this year. Hutton is associate professor of music and director of bands at Southern Oregon University. She is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra and the

SOU Faculty Brass Quintet.

Prior to coming to Southern Oregon, Hutton served as director of bands and horn instructor at the University of California, San Diego, and was assistant conductor of the La Jolla Civic University Orchestra. She received her doctorate in conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Faina Podolnaya, YSSO Associate Conductor, is in her seventh year with the YSSO as conductor of youth strings. Upon completion of her studies in violin performance and teaching at the Soviet Conservatory of Music she accepted a teaching position at Kazakhstan's music academy where she worked privately with students, lectured and coached ensembles preparing for competitions and concerts. Podolnaya has been the recipient of numerous awards, including her selection as the Soviet Union's Teacher of the Year. Shea teaches violin and viola.

The YSSO is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to expand their knowledge of classical music by learning and performing challenging symphonic repertoire.

The mission of the YSSO is to provide high-quality performance experiences for young musicians under the leadership of professional conductors and music coaches and to foster a lifelong appreciation of classical music and the arts.

Tickets for each concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Ashland, and Larry's Music in Medford and Grants Pass. Tickets for the Feb. 23 performance in Medford also are available through the Craterian Theater's box office.

For information about the YSSO and its programs, see or call 858-8859.

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