The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Dinuk Wijeratne, will present its Fall Concert program on Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, and Sunday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s United Church, Halifax. Featuring 2010 Concerto Competition winnerEvan Mounce on soprano and alto saxophones, the first half includes two world premieres: Dinuk Wijeratne’s Solea di Diomira and Steve Cohen’s Concertino for Soprano Saxophone, along with Darius Milhaud’s enchanting Scaramouche, for alto sax and orchestra. After intermission, the music turns to Hungary and Eastern Europe, as the orchestra performs a wonderful selection of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, and finishing with the rousing Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt.
Saturday’s Lunenburg concert is presented by the St. Cecilia Concert Series ( www.stcecilia.ca), and adult tickets may be purchased in advance from Fulton’s, at the door, or by calling (902) 634-9994. Sunday’s Halifax concert is sponsored by Women for Music; please note that St. Matthew’s is a change of venue. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students (at the door only) for both performances.
The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1977. For thirty-four years, the NSYO has provided students with educational opportunities not available at any university, public school, or conservatory in the province. The Orchestra has been described by renowned professional conductors and musicians as one of the finest in Canada. Of its more than 1,000 alumni, over 85% have gone on to jobs in music-related fields. Past Music Directors include: Robert Raines, Stan Fisher, Georg Tintner, Gregory Burton.
The NSYO’s season runs from late August until late April, and includes a ten-day Summer Workshop. The Orchestra usually performs eight to ten concerts in a typical season. For more information, please call 423-5984, or visit the NSYO website at www.novasoctiayouthorchestra.com.