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Fall Concert - Young People's Symphony Orchestra
first congregational church
berkeley, CA
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Fall Concert - Young People's Symphony Orchestra
Dvorak - Carnival Overture
Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1, Ariel Horowitz, Violin
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4


Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) kicks off its 81st season with the Fall Concert that will feature guest violinist Ariel Horowitz, Music Director and Conductor David Ramadanoff and 85 young musicians in a program of Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

Violinist Ariel Horowitz will be the guest soloist for Prokofievs Violin Concerto No. 1. Composed in 1917, the concerto is imbued with the lyricism, harmonic innovations, sarcasm, classicism, and toccata-like rhythms the composer would exhibit throughout his career.

I love Prokofiev's first violin concerto. It is both incredibly traditional and also extremely innovative. Prokofiev's usage of the ideƩ fixe that recurs throughout the piece is a fascinating compositional technique that creates a through-current of emotion throughout the three-movement work, says Horowitz.

Ramadanoff, who conducted the concerto as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony with Isaac Stern as soloist in the late 70s, admires it greatly. The scoring is very spare most of the time. Prokofiev worked very hard on his lyrical writing. In the last movement, the violinist has to be very attuned to the harmonies and key changes, he says.

Hailed by The Washington Post as sweetly lyrical, violinist and activist Ariel Horowitz cannot remember life before both loving music and advocating it as a medium for global healing. Winner of the Stulberg and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, as well as The Juilliard Schools violin concerto competition, The Violin Channel praised Ariels artistic energy: If they gave out prizes for attitudewe think we may have found the Olympic champion. Ariel recently received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and is now a student the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Ani Kavafian. She is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach and the 2017 Salon de Virtuosi Career Development Prize.

Ariels concerto appearances include performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westphalia, Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and the Doctors Orchestral Society of New York. She has also performed as a recitalist across the United States, Europe, Israel, and South America, performing masterworks of the classical canon in partnership and dialogue with her original multimedia and cross-genre compositions.

Composition and improvisation are cornerstones of Ariels artistic expression; Ariel believes deeply in the power of music to address issues in the world around her. She premiered her debut feminist multimedia composition for violin, voice, recorded tape, and movement, Woman (2017), at The Juilliard School in New York City. During the summer of 2016, Ariel and double bassist Sebastian Zinca performed their original composition Seed for Peace (2017) dedicated to and inspired by the mission of Holocaust survivor Eva Kor at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland, as well as at other venues around Eastern Europe and at the 92nd St Y in New York City. They were honored to receive a Project Grant from The Juilliard School for this effort. Ariel recently completed her first solo song cycle for violin and voice, Unbound, featuring her poetry and centering on the issues surrounding the coming of age in a wounded world.

Activism is a deep humanistic and artistic commitment for Ariel. Ariel is the founder of the Heartbeat Project, a student-run organization combining music and math education with a strong cultural exchange for K-12 aged students on the Navajo Reservation.

Celebrating his 29th season as Music Director/Conductor, David Ramadanoff conducts 85 young musicians who range in age from 12 to 19, and hail from 32 Bay Area cities in eight counties.

Founded in Berkeley in 1936, YPSO is the oldest youth orchestra in California and the second oldest in the nation. The 2017-18 season is the 81st season since 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.



first congregational church (View)
2345 channing way
berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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Young People's Symphony Orchestra

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