Friday, April 11, 2014

Two Mohawk Students in PVS Youth Orchestra

Two of Mohawk's students will perform in the second concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra on Saturday, April 12, at 4 p.m. at Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton.

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra in rehearsal (screenshot from YouTube video)

The Mohawk students are freshman Kaylee Kelleher playing the flute, and freshman Sarah Powell playing the oboe.

The concert will be conducted by PVSYO director Jonathan Brennand who oversees the 38 young musicians. On the program: the overture to “Nabucco” by Verdi, an arrangement of a Dvorak Slavonic dance, two movements from Bizet’s “Les Arlisiennes", two movements arrangements from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”: the “Largo” and the “Finale.”

In an article in the Greenfield Recorder, Brennand said "any goal of education is to introduce students and young musicians to the major composers and the major works. And, for the PVS youth orchestra, it’s a younger orchestra, so we do a lot of arrangements and editions of major works that have been edited in a way that they are more playable by less-experienced musicians, but they are still great educational works because the students get to know the music of Dvorak, Mozart and Bach without having to play the full piece."

A Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra Rehearsal video is available on YouTube: