The Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra (SMYO) and Primo Program (SMPP) will present a Spring Concert for the general public at Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College Campus on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 3:00 p. m. The performance is free of charge.
Under the direction of Mr. Ross Bader, the spring concert features young musicians performing music by Dukas, Holst, Mahler, Ravel, Respighi, and Tschaikowski. Featured on the concert will be Evan King performing the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto with the Youth Orchestra.
The Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra is the only symphonic (i.e. includes winds, brass, and percussion in addition to strings) regional auditioned youth orchestra within a 90-mile radius of Kingsport. It provides students grades 12 and under with rehearsal and performance experience in a symphonic orchestra. The SMYO involves 60 students from schools in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Three concerts per year, along with weekly 2-hour rehearsals, provide students with extended study and opportunities to perform serious orchestral literature.
The Symphony of the Mountains Primo Program will perform first on the program, playing music by Borodin, Isaac, and Loewe. The Primo Program involves 48 students from the NET/SWVA region, and is conducted by Mrs. Emily Nickerson.
The Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra concerts are funded through generous support from the Women's Symphony Committee, Eastman Chemical Company, Watauga Pathology Associates, Tennessee Arts Commission, John and Joan Gregory, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by membership dues.
Students interested in auditioning for the Youth Orchestra may contact the Symphony office by e-mail at info@SymphonyoftheMountains.org or by telephone at 423-392-8423.