YOUTH PHILHARMONIC OF CENTRAL OHIO
THE YEAR IN REVIEW 2016-2017
The recent 2016-2017 Season of Youth Philharmonic featured one of the largest orchestras
we’ve seen in a few years. Comprised of 60 young musicians the orchestra was a mixture of
experienced YPCO members and many new musicians. We were able to present some very
exciting music on both of our concerts this year.
The Fall Semester program was built around music that was written for dramatic productions
such as stage plays and operas. The featured work was the Suite from the opera “Carmen”
by French composer Georges Bizet. Also included in the concert program was the “Fidelio
Overture” by Beethoven (one of several overtures that he wrote for his only opera), the
“Intermezzo” from the opera “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “In the Hall of the
Mountain King” from Edvard Grieg’s incidental music for the play “Peer Gynt”. The Fall Concert
took place on Monday, November 14 at Westerville Central High School. This turned out to be
a really nice venue for our concert and we received great assistance from Mr. Mark Stevens
who is the Orchestra Director at Westerville South High School.
The Spring Concert was built around the theme of heroics in music depicted by either a
story or the music itself. The overture to Rossini’s opera “William Tell” outlines the story of
the Swiss population under occupation and the heroic acts to bring freedom to the land.
“American Salute” by American composer Morton Gould uses a well-known folk theme and
depicts musically the stress and strife of war. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 is, in general,
about reconciling oneself to fate. We performed the slow movement of this symphony which
features great melodies in solo and ensemble settings.
Of course, our Spring Concert featured the heroics of a violin soloist as well. Alicia Hui,
Principal Second Violinist of the Columbus Symphony, performed with great skill and style in
the Violin Concerto in E Major by Antonio Vivaldi. As an encore, she performed “Theme from
Schindler’s List” by John Williams. Her performance was emotional and showed beautiful tone.
The Spring Concert was held at Hastings Middle School in Upper Arlington. We thank Ed and
Gretchen Zunic for their help in making the arrangements to present this concert. We also
said a fond farewell to twenty-one graduating Seniors who will be moving on to new phases in
their lives. We wish each and every one all the best for the future and we expect to hear about
their great accomplishments in the future.
As we close the books on another very successful season, we literally set the stage for new
musical adventures in the 2017-2018 concert season.