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Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program Celebrates 59th Season with Weekend of Concerts

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program (AYS Program) concludes its 59th season with a weekend of gala concerts – April 26 and 27 – featuring performances from 12 of the program's symphony, string, band, guitar, and chorus ensembles. Tickets are $10.00 per person and a single ticket provides admission to all concerts. Tickets may be purchased at the door at any concert or in advance at the AYS Program facility (4407 Menaul Blvd) or the UNM Ticket Office.

The weekend begins with performances from three of the AYS Program choruses on Saturday, April 26 at the First Unitarian Church. Students in grades 4-12 will delight the audience with a wide variety of compositions. The finale performance from the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Chorus will be Gyorgy Obran's "Daemon Irrepit Callidus," a challenging composition - a tour de force for any chorus.

Sunday, April 27 will hold a full day of instrumental performances at Popejoy Hall featuring all of the AYS Program instrumental ensembles. The first concert, beginning at 2:00pm, features students in grades 3-9 in two string ensembles and a band. The second concert, beginning at 4:00pm, features students in grades 6-12 with three full symphonies and the program's guitar orchestra. These concerts are great for young audience members who can see students their own age, or slightly older, perform a variety of well-known and enjoyable pieces.

At 7 pm, the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony crown the day with a program that has something for everyone. Of special note is "Times Square: 1944" from "Three Dances from On the Town" by Leonard Bernstein. The Albuquerque Youth Symphony will be performing this piece attain at Carnegie Hall on June 16th as part of a New York City tour. The concert also spotlights the 3rd of this year's AYS Concerto Competition winners, violinist Donna Bacon, who will be performing Samuel Barber's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, 1st Movement.

Donna Bacon is a senior at Victory Christian School and has been studying the violin since she was three years old and the piano since she was five. She studies privately with Susan Kempter and plans continue her music education in college by double majoring in violin performance and cognitive neuroscience.

Saturday, April 26 - Chorus Gala Concert at First Unitarian Church - 7:00pm

  • Albuquerque Bel Canto Choir
  • Albuquerque Junior Symphony Chorus
  • Albuquerque Youth Symphony Chorus

Sunday, April 27 - Instrumental Gala Concerts at Popejoy Hall - 2:00pm

  • Albuquerque Junior String Orchestra
  • Albuquerque Prelude String Orchestra
  • Albuquerque Junior Youth Band

Sunday, April 27 - Instrumental Gala Concerts at Popejoy Hall - 4:00pm

  • Albuquerque Junior Orchestra
  • Albuquerque Junior Symphony
  • Albuquerque Youth Concert Orchestra
  • Albuquerque Youth Symphony Guitar Orchestra

Sunday, April 27 - Instrumental Gala Concerts at Popejoy Hall - 7:00pm

  • Albuquerque Youth Orchestra
  • Albuquerque Youth Symphony

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