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Spring Concert and Silent Auction of Young People's Symphony Orchestra
First Congregational Church
Berkeley, CA
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Tickets will be available for tonight's concert at the door beginning at 6:30pm. The concert begins at 8pm.


Spring Concert and Silent Auction of Young People's Symphony Orchestra
Music Director/Conductor David Ramadanoff and Young People's Symphony Orchestra welcome as their very special guest internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade for the spring concert in a program of songs by Gustav Mahler, Joseph Canteloube, and Jake Heggie, and music of Rossini, Puccini, and Ravel.

Von Stade will appear for the first time ever with Young People's Symphony Orchestra in this benefit concert for the orchestra. In addition to Ms. Von Stade singing a selection of 11 songs, the concert will feature the orchestra in Rossini's Semiramide Overture, Puccini's Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut, and Ravel's La Valse.

Described by the New York Times as "one of America's finest artists and singers," Frederica von Stade has been extolled as one of the music world's most beloved figures. Known to family, friends, and fans by her nickname "Flicka," the mezzo-soprano has enriched the world of classical music for four decades. Miss von Stade's career has taken her to the stages of the world's great opera houses and concert halls. She began her illustrious opera career when she debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1970 and concluded it in February 2011 at the Houston Grand Opera.

Maestro Ramadanoff and Ms. von Stade have crafted a program of that span three centuries, which offer a range of styles and emotion from the sadness of unrequited love of Mahler's Songs of A Wayfarer to the joyful, relevatory Canteloube songs of the Avergne region of France to the musical theater romp of Jake Heggie's "A Route to the Sky," with words by von Stade in a song dedicated to her daughter, Lisa.

Celebrating his 22nd season as Music Director/Conductor, David Ramadanoff conducts 101 YPSO musicians who range in age from 12 to 21 and hail from 28 Bay Area cities in six counties.

Founded in Berkeley in 1935 and still based there in 2010-11, its 75th anniversary season, YPSO is the oldest youth orchestra in California and the second oldest in the nation. Violinist and conductor Jessica Marcelli founded YSPO at the suggestion of Clarabelle Bell, an amateur harpist and Berkeley resident, who got the idea after hearing a youth orchestra on a trip to Portland, Oregon.

Full Program:
Rossini - Semiramide Overture
Mahler - Songs of a Wayfarer    
Puccini - Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Canteloube - Five Songs of the Auvergne:  "Bailero," "Lo Fiolare," "Uno Jionto Postouro," Chut chut," and "Lo Coucut."
Jake Heggie - Two Songs: "Primary Colors"  and "A Route to the Sky"
Ravel - La Valse

Silent Auction - 6:30pm
Concert - 8:00pm

VIP Seats:  Reserved seating mid-orchestra or front balcony and autographed program by Ms. von Stade.


First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Symphony
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Young People's Symphony Orchestra
On BPT Since: Apr 03, 2011
Wendy Howe/Keith Gleason

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