Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras Present Fall Concert, 11/18
The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras (CSOYO) opens their 2013-2014 season on November 18 at 7:30pm at Brainerd Baptist Church with a concert performed by the Symphony Orchestra with Gary Wilkes conducting, featuring a new work by Frank Ticheli, Angels in the Architecture.
Ticheli writes: "Angels in the Architecture unfolds as a dramatic conflict between the two
extremes of human existence-one divine, the other evil. The work's title was inspired by the
Sydney Opera House with its halo-shaped acoustical ornaments hanging above the stage, and
by Thomas Merton, the 20th century Catholic mystic and writer, who wrote: 'The peculiar grace
of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that it was built by someone capable of believing that an
angel might come and sit upon it.'" Ticheli's music includes a solo boy soprano, organ, and an
interesting collection of percussion instruments.
The CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sandy Morris, will open the concert with a
variety of delightful works, from John Philip Sousa to Pirates of the Caribbean. Also featured on
the program is the winner of the 2013 CSOYO Concerto Competition, Bethany Thornton.
CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra
DEL BORGO Essay for Orchestra
SOUSA Presidential Polonaise
SWEARINGEN Flight of Valor
BULLOCK Patriotic Melodies That Stirred Our Nation
BADELT Pirates of the Caribbean
CSOYO Symphony Orchestra
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
WIENIAWSKI Violin Concerto No. 2 - 3rd
TICHELI Angels in the Architecture
Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for children, students, and seniors, available at the door. Call
423.267.9011 for more information.
About Bethany Thornton
Bethany Thornton is a high school senior currently studying with Weiyi-Cai Yu at Lee University.
She is currently the concertmaster of the CSOYO Symphony. Previously, Bethany was assistant
concertmaster and soloist of the Collegedale Academy Orchestra, and while in Lincoln,
Nebraska, she served as a guest artist and soloist with the Union College Orchestra and as
concertmaster of the Junior Youth Orchestra and the Youth Ensemble for Strings. After a
successful audition in 2011, she was selected as co-concertmaster and soloist for Southern
Adventist University's Music Festival.
In addition to private violin instruction since the age of three, she has studied piano and
voice. She currently teaches several violin students. She will be attending Southern Adventist
University as a National Hispanic Scholar where she plans to study primarily either English or