WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (APRIL 6, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony will perform a free concert on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University. Stephen Mulligan, Assistant Conductor, will conduct the Youth Symphony in a concert featuring the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64 with guest violinist Vivian Mayers and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, op. 64. The concert is free and open to the public.
Felix Mendelssohn wrote his violin concerto, one of the most beloved of all time, in 1844. The first movement begins with a restless, passionate theme in the solo violin, but a calm, introspective theme soon follows. The cadenza and coda display the virtuosity of the soloist (originally Ferdinand David, the concertmaster of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra).
Russian Romantic composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his Fifth Symphony in 1888. The four movements are bound together by a common “Fate” theme, which appears in the introduction to the symphony as a bleak melody in the clarinets. In the second movement, a richly ornamented love song, the fate theme comes crashing in as a violent march. In the third movement, an elegant waltz, we hear the fate theme at the very end, sounding ghostlike. Finally, in the last movement, the theme is transformed from minor to major in a triumphant march and heard resounding in the brass in the final codas.
Vivian Mayers is a junior at R. J. Reynolds High School. She began playing the violin when she was three, and has been studying with Katherine Wiley since the age of five. Vivian has been concertmaster of the R.J. Reynolds High School orchestra, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth All-County orchestra, and the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony since 2015. She participates in several other ensembles including NC Western Regional and All-State Orchestras and the Triad Chamber Music Society’s Young Performers’ Workshop. She was a soloist in the Winston-Salem Symphony’s 2014 and 2015 Holiday concerts, and performed with the Danville Symphony Orchestra in 2015. In 2016, Vivian was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search.
About the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras
The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras is part of the Winston-Salem Symphony and includes about 90 student musicians. The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras are currently comprised of two full orchestras and a string orchestra for aspiring musicians in the first through twelfth grades: the Premiere Strings, led by Fabrice Dharamraj, is a strings ensemble for young musicians; the Youth Philharmonic, led by Margaret Rehder, is a full orchestra for intermediate level students; and the Youth Symphony, led by Stephen Mulligan, is a full orchestra for advanced students. Both full orchestras consist of 50 to 75 members and perform several public concerts annually as well as occasional concerts for special audiences. For more information, visit wssyo.org.
About the Winston-Salem Symphony
The Winston-Salem Symphony began its 69th season in September 2015 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, the performance season includes a Classics Series, a Plugged-In Pops Series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. For more information visit WSsymphony.org
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