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POWELL, Wyo. - The Northwest Civic Orchestra 2011-12 season culminates Saturday, May 5, with a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
Conducted by Tim Schoessler, the evening features winners of the 2012 Wyoming Young Artist Competition performing with the orchestra.
Laramie cellist Caleb Bristol opens the concert with the first movement of Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto in A minor. As a third grader, he began studying cello with the Wyoming String Project, housed at the University of Wyoming, and has worked under the tutelage of multiple premiere cellists and instructors over the years. A participant in several string academies and master classes, he sat last January as the principal cellist of the Wyoming All-State Orchestra. Bristol plans to study performance and music therapy following his high school graduation in 2013.
Next on the program is flautist and NWC music performance major Kyrie Standridge of Cody who will perform Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo. Originally written for guitar, the piece was transcribed for flute by James Galway. Standridge studies flute with Austin Frescoln.
The first half of the concert closes with pianist YeunHa Kim of Powell performing the first movement of Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor. A senior at Powell High School, Kim began studying piano at the age of four, winning numerous national competitions in South Korea before the age of seven. She won the 2010 piano division of the Wyoming Young Artist Competition and placed first in the 2011 Wyoming Music Teachers National Association competition. She currently studies with Schoessler and University of Wyoming music professor Theresa Bogard.
Following intermission, the orchestra closes the evening with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, one of the most well-known and beloved compositions ever written for orchestra. The work premiered in 1808 in Vienna and was directed by Beethoven himself. Its distinctive four-note opening motif is well known, appearing frequently in pop culture, from disco to rock and roll, to appearances in film and television.
Admission is free.