Young classical musicians take the stage

The three ensembles of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon are set to perform two concerts this weekend. The first performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central, Medford. The second concert will be held at — p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

This year marks the YSSO's 20th season of performances in Southern Oregon. The concerts will feature YSSO alumnus and oboe soloist Eric Van Buskirk in a performance of the Konzert f&

252;r Oboe by Joseph Haydn.

A student at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Van Buskirk studies with oboist John Dee. A graduate of South Medford High School, Van Buskirk was principal oboist of the Youth Symphony for four years and participated in the YSSO for six years.

The Youth Symphony will also perform Felix Mendelssohn's Ruy Blas Overture as well as The Nutcracker Suite by Piotr I. Tchaikovsky. The musicians of Youth Orchestra will play the Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss, Jr., the fourth movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 (arranged by Vernon Leidig) and Johannes Brahms' Academic Overture (arranged by Vernon Leidig). The Youth Strings will perform Harry Alshin's Animal Survival Suite.

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 SOU. 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 7th 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. She 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 are $10 general admission and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Ashland and Larry's Music in Medford and Grants Pass. Tickets for the Nov. 10 performance in Medford are also available through the Craterian Theater's box office. See , or call 858-8859.

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