San Jose Youth Symphony's Bon Voyage Concert
The San Jose Youth Symphony's Philharmonic Orchestra, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor, Yair Samet, presents its Bon Voyage Concert, featuring a Silent Auction & Wine Reception before the concert at 6:30 pm.
This summer, the San Jose Youth Symphony (SJYS) will embark on its exciting international concert tour to Eastern Europe. The Philharmonic Orchestra, made up of some of the most accomplished young musicians in the Bay Area, will be performing in five cities in Eastern Europe at some of Europe's finest concert halls, including the Sarajevo National Theater, Bosnia & Herzegovina; the Opera Theater of Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia; and Smetana Hall, Prague, Czech Republic. The San Jose community has the opportunity to hear the tour program and to support and bid them farewell at this Bon Voyage concert. The orchestra will perform Gillis's Twinkle Toes, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Gottschalk's Grand Tarentelle for Piano and Orchestra with Sofia Nedic, first place winner of several international piano competitions. The orchestra will end the concert with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 "The Little Russian" in C minor.
A Silent Auction & Wine Reception will be featured starting before the concert at 6:30 pm, during intermission, and briefly after the concert, will all proceeds going to SJYS.
About The San Jose Youth Symphony, The Philharmonic Orchestra & Maestro Yair Samet
The mission of the San Jose Youth Symphony is to provide the youth of our culturally diverse community with exceptional orchestral music education and performance experiences that foster and encourage the study, appreciation and love of music. SJYS serves young talented musicians from the greater Bay Area ranging in age from 8 to 21. Its core program is comprised of seven distinct performance ensembles: Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Concert Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Avant Flute Choir, Intermezzo String Ensemble and Prelude String Ensemble. Each ensemble performs approximately three concerts per season.
The Philharmonic Orchestra is the premiere ensemble of SJYS. Membership in this ensemble is reserved for outstanding musicians who are then further trained in a pre-professional orchestra setting. This group presents three concerts during each season at the California Theatre in San Jose as well as various performance venues throughout the greater San Jose community. International tours are an integral part of the SJYS program, and the Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Samet, tours approximately every two years.
Yair Samet has served as the Music Director of SJYS since 1994. Mr. Samet's conducting portfolio includes numerous acclaimed European orchestras such as Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and the Saarländisches Staatsorchester in Saarbrücken, Germany, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia. He conducted the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Glinka Capella at Finland's Tampere International Music Festival. In Israel he conducted the Haifa Symphony, the Rishon Le-Zion Symphony Orchestra, and the Israeli Sinfonietta. The roster of renowned soloists that have performed under his baton include Pinchas Zukerman, Vadim Repin, David Shifrin, Han-Na Chang, Helène Grimaud, Lara St. John, Jon Kimura Parker and Jon Nakamatsu. Mr. Samet holds the post of principal guest conductor at the University of California Santa Cruz, leading the UCSC Symphony Orchestra in rehearsals and performances annually. His musical training took place at Tel Aviv University, and at Indiana University where he earned his masters degree in orchestral and operatic conducting.
About SOFIJA NEDIC
Sofija Nedic, born in 1991, in Belgrade, Serbia, started playing the piano at age five. She has won first place in numerous international piano competitions, including the Nikolai Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris (2002); the Citta di Gorizia in Italy (2006); the Konzerteum Piano Competition in Greece (2006). She was a prize-winner as well in many other competitions in France, Slovakia, Boznia and Herzegovina, and in the United States.
Miss Nedic has studied with several eminent professors of piano, including Jacques Rouvier (Ecole Superieure, Paris); Igor Laszko (Conservatoire Slave, Paris); Siavush Gadziev; Slovenia Renon O'Hara (Guildhall University, London); Erik Tawastjerna (University of Helsinki); Pavel Gililov (Mozarteum, Salzburg); and Jeno Jando, in Hungary.
She has performed concerts internationally at various renowned venues, among them include Belgrade City Hall and Belgrade Philharmonic Hall; Athens City Hall; Chateau Dassault, Paris; Chateau de Coppet in Switzerland; Teatro Guiseppe Verdi di Gorizia in Italy; Golden Gate Club, San Francisco; and the Dance Palace in Point Reyes, California.
Miss Nedic was admitted to the Belgrade Conservatory of Music at the age of 14, as their youngest student. Currently, she's working on her Master's Degree in Piano Performance with Professor Mack McCray at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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