The Glendale Youth Orchestra presented a delightful evening of elegant classical music in its 21st season opener Tuesday, December 8 at The Alex Theatre. The orchestra performed works by Dvorak, Haydn and Mozart, as well as accompanied sisters Julia and Katherine Park in Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos.
Composed of students in grades 6-12, the group performs three times a year as it provides a forum for students to explore, appreciate and develop their love of music while at the same time succeeding in life because of participation and appreciation of the arts.
Led by the showy yet highly disciplined director Brad Keimach, the orchestra began the program with Dvorak’s Symphonic Dance Op. 46, #8, revealing a rich tone and good blend in the fast-moving piece.
Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos highlighted the first half of the evening—a graceful, ornamental number for the group, showcasing the strong, virtuosic skills of the piano playing Park sisters, both of whom are expressive and dynamic.
Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (“London”) in D Major concluded the first act, well played but relatively straight ahead and repetitive.
The second half the program featured Mozart’s Symphony #39 in Eb Major, once again demonstrating the band’s musicianship and expressiveness. An elegant choice to reveal Mozart’s genius in creating a new form of music and the youths’ advanced playing.
While there were a few mistakes, the students’ playing overall revealed deep feeling and strong music skills, making the music come alive.
The Glendale Youth Orchestra performed Tuesday, December 8 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Tickets cost $10.