Monday, July 22, 2013

WYSO, Week 2

WYSO's conductor for the second week was Jung-Ho Pak, who is the Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. For a full bio, see Interlochen's website.

The program began with Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh.
Soloist Jennifer Koh with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

The second and final piece on the program was Strauss's Don Juan. It was an ambitious piece for the second concert of the season, but it went well!

At the end of the second week, all high school orchestra students had to audition for ensemble and chair placements for the next two weeks. Students in WYSO can move to the second high school orchestra (the Interlochen Philharmonic), students in IP can move up to WYSO, and almost all students change chairs.

All of the changes went pretty smoothly, and folders for Weeks 3 and 4 went out on Sunday. There were only three pieces to be distributed to WYSO, but they were rather lengthy.
WYSO's music for Weeks 3 and 4
Also, for those of you wondering how we cart music around at Interlochen:
My wagon!

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