Teenagers mob the stage of Symphony Hall! This week the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra makes way for the ensemble under its wing, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.
We hear selections from the ASYO's November 2007 and March 2008 concerts, including Barber's Adagio for Strings and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. They also give the world premiere performance of Towers of Light by Robert Wendel, which describes in music the memorial columns of light that shine each September 11 at the World Trade Center site in New York.
Conductor Jere Flint's day job is as a cellist in the parent ASO. During the broadcast, he tells us that ages 13 to 18 are accepted into the youth orchestra. From some 400 young musicians who try out each year, only 120 make the cut. All have to reaudition each year. They rehearse four hours each Saturday, working all together, getting section-by-section coaching from members of the Atlanta Symphony and sharing lunch.
The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra was featured on a recent edition of public radio show From the Top with Christopher O'Riley (heard Sundays at 1:00 on GPB). Its next concert is May 11, 2008 in Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, but you can hear them on GPB stations and gpb.org April 24 at 8 p.m., repeating April 27 at 10 p.m.