MYSO's Senior Symphony and Cellist Adrien Zitoun to Perform at Founders Concert, 1/19

On Sunday, January 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra presents cellist Adrien Zitoun as soloist at its annual Founders Concert, a gala performance featuring the organization's internationally acclaimed flagship ensemble, the Senior Symphony. Under Music Director Margery Deutsch and Associate Conductor Shelby Keith Dixon, the group will perform in Helen Bader Concert Hall, at UWM's Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. MYSO will also pay tribute to the visionaries who formed and shaped MYSO, upon which its 58 years of musical excellence are built.

With 140 of our region's finest young musicians, the Senior Symphony will feature Mr. Zitoun performing the third and fourth movements of Edward Elgar's Concerto for Cello in E minor as well as Max Bruch's Kol Nidre. The orchestra will also perform The Moldau of Bed?ich Smetana, conducted by Mr. Dixon. Ms. Deutsch and the orchestra complete the program with a performance of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite.

Cellist Adrien Zitoun joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in 2001. Prior to the MSO, Mr. Zitoun was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 1999-2001, and was principal cellist in his second season.

In 2001, as a member of the Eusia String Quartet, Mr. Zitoun was awarded the Gold Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet tours regularly throughout the U.S., Finland, France and Japan and has released three recordings. Mr. Zitoun was also a member of the Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in Japan. The ensemble has recorded four CDs and won numerous awards. Mr. Zitoun is currently a member of the Philomusica String Quartet, in residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the Clarus Piano Trio that performs at Cardinal Stritch University and Present Music.

A native of France, Mr. Zitoun studied musicology at the University of Sorbonne in Paris for one year before being accepted into the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon, where he studied cello with Yvan Chiffoleau. Mr. Zitoun earned his Artist Diploma and a Masters of Music from Indiana University where he studied with Tusyoshi Tsutsumi and Janós Starker.

Tickets to the Founders Concert are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens (age 60+) and are available at the door. Children age 4 and under are free. Discounted tickets may be purchased in advance through a season ticket package. Call 414-267-2906 for more information or visit

About MYSO: Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is one of the most successful and respected youth orchestra programs in the nation, regularly recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its artistic excellence. With nearly 1,000 young musicians ages 8-18 from as many as 14 counties, 60 communities and 200 schools throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois participating in MYSO's many music training programs, it has become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States.

Instrumental in changing lives, MYSO's programs foster critical thinking skills, creativity and collaboration through more than 25 ensemble options, ranging from symphony and string orchestras, to jazz and steel pan bands, all providing high quality musical experiences to students at various skill levels.

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