PROVO Young musicians from the Utah Valley Youth Symphony will play the music of the masters side-by-side with members of the Utah Valley Symphony in their January concerts.
Julie Bevan, principal cellist of the Orchestra at Temple Square and a member of the Brigham Young University music faculty, will be the soloist in Haydn's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D Major. The program will open with Schubert's Symphony no. 5 in B-flat Major and close with Berlioz's Fantastic Symphony: Episode in the Life of an Artist.
This is the not the first time that high school students have performed side-by-side with symphony members, said conductor Bryce Rytting.
Britton Davis, for many years now a percussionist for the Utah Valley Symphony and also current conductor of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony, said 40 members of the youth orchestra will participate this year, representing every high school in Utah County.
Rytting said the side-by-side concert is one way in which the Utah Valley Symphony seeks to enhance the musical opportunities of young people, along with the school concerts in November, a Christmas concert for all ages in December and the Young Artists Concert in March.
Two years ago, some young musicians joined the symphony players in a performance of Bach's "Ode to Joy."
"This time around," said Rytting, "most of our guests will play with us in Schubert's delightful Fifth Symphony, but a few of them will also have the rare opportunity to play Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique."Davis said, "It gives the youth an opportunity to see music at the next level, as they play with people who are more experienced. Most students will not go on to become professional musicians, but this shows them that there's an opportunity to enjoy music throughout their lives."
If you go . . .
What: Side-by-Side Utah Valley Symphony and Youth Concerts
Where: Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo
When: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 23 and 24
Cost: $10/$8 students, senior citizens