Youth Symphony set for Marvin concert

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

The Union Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform its spring concert Sunday at Marvin Ridge High School.

The afternoon’s festivities also are highlighted by the fifth annual member art show and sale, which features more than 100 diverse pieces of original art ranging from oil and acrylic paintings to three -dimensional pieces such as wood-turned objects, custom jewelry, knitted items and hiking sticks. Funds raised from the show and sale are used to further youth programming.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for the art show and musical entertainment by Allegro Strings, directed by Beth Joy Fowler. The one-hour orchestra concert will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a continuation of the art show and a reception.

Prelude, a junior string ensemble of music students through ninth grade and directed by Sabrina Howard, will start the program with “Little Symphony” by Carold Nunez; “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5” by Bach and end with “Tangerine Rag” by Richard Meyer.

Vivace Strings, under the direction of Sarah T. Russell, will then perform “Overture to La Rosaura” and a minuet for string quartet.

The full youth orchestra, composed of more than 75 members representing Union County and the surrounding counties of Mecklenburg, Lancaster, York and Chesterfield, will perform the body of the concert. Their performance will include “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Bizet, “Norwegian Dances” by Edward Grieg and “Symphony No. 5” finale by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Admission is $15, which includes a $3 ticket-handling fee, and tickets are available at the door. All students and faculty of Union County Public Schools are admitted free upon presentation of their school ID or by simply giving the name of their school. Children are welcome.

Guests are invited to help the youth orchestra raise 1,500

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pounds of food to benefit the Union County Community Shelter by bringing canned goods or other non-perishable items to the concert. The campaign is part of the nationwide Orchestras Feeding America program.

For more information on Union Symphony, visit www.UnionSymphony.org or call (704) 283-2525. For information on the Youth Orchestra, visit www.usyo.org.