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CYSO to Perform Spring Concert at Chicago's Orchestra Hall, 5/11

CYSO to Perform Spring Concert at Chicago's Orchestra Hall, 5/11

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras' (CYSO) 130-member Symphony Orchestra presents its spring 2014 concert at Chicago's Orchestra Hall (220 S. Michigan Ave.), Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will open with CYSO's Concert Orchestra, conducted by CYSO Associate Conductor Terrance Malone Gray, performing Franz Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke." Then, the award-winning CYSO Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Allen Tinkham, will take the stage to perform the U.S. Premiere of the full version of Gabriel Prokofiev's "Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra" featuring guest Turntablist Jordan "Madhatter" Lee. After intermission, the Symphony Orchestra will complete the program with Zhou Long's "The Rhyme of Taigu" and Béla Bartók's "Concerto for Orchestra."

"With this program, we celebrate the evolution of instrumental music on an epic scale, from ancient to modern," says Tinkham. "There will be music featuring ethnic Chinese percussion, among the oldest known musical instruments, and music featuring the turntable, a machine we thought we knew for many decades, now an instrument capable of surprising musicality. We'll conclude with Bartok's iconic "Concerto for Orchestra," named for its virtuosic treatment of every instrument in the orchestra. It will be an exciting and highly entertaining evening for musician and audience member alike."


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