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November 11 • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony fittingly kicks off its Downtown Series on Sunday, November 11th, 7:30pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with its Symphony Orchestra performing Viva Italia!
This nod to the great Italian tradition features an ebullient program sure to build excitement for the Symphony’s 2019 summer tour * to Italy. Praised for his impactful programming, Music Director Raúl Gómez has assembled an upbeat selection of music that not only captures the joy of youth, but also holistically depicts the Italian spirit while maintaining diversity of origination. The concert includes two iconic Italian works that have enchanted generations of young Americans, Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville and Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda, alongside Italy-inspired compositions by musical giants Tchaikovsky and Berlioz. These colorful classics transport listeners to Venice, Rome, Seville, and beyond. A highlight of the evening will be the inaugural performance for a new series of student commissions called “The Authentic Voice,” presented and performed by MYS at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in partnership with Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project and sponsored by Ronni Lacroute. The series begins on November 11th with the WORLD PREMIERE
of Tone Poem No. 1: Orpheus and Eurydice, a brand new piece composed and conducted by high school senior Jake Safirstein.