Members of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony took their annual winter tour to California, performing concerts in Richfield, Sevier County, and Winnemucca, Nev., along the way. They returned Feb. 21.
The highlight of the trip was an evening at the San Francisco Symphony, where violinist Pinchas Zuckerman was the featured soloist.The orchestra also played two concerts in Fairfield, Calif., responding to an invitation to return after performing there two years ago, said director Terry Hill.
The Philharmonia, the orchestra's top group, played the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony in a pre-tour concert as part of the Richfield arts council's performing arts series.
In Nevada and California, the young musicians performed Beethoven's "Prometheus" Overture, medleys from "Music Man" and "My Fair Lady," and themes from "Peter Gun" and "The Pink Panther," among other pieces.
Some 165 members of the Youth Symphony were conducted in concerts by Hill, Brent Taylor, Dr. Harold Goodman, and Britten Davis. The students, from nearly every junior high and high school in Utah Valley, rehearse weekly in three groups: chamber, youth symphony, and Philharmonia.
Hill said the orchestra takes annual tours to build both its repertoire and cameraderie among the members. The group has in recent years performed concerts in London, Hawaii, and New York City. Last April, the Philharmonia played John Rutter's "Requiem" in Carnegie Hall, under the composer's baton. A European concert tour is planned for summer, 1990.