Classical Tuesdays in Old Town is back in 2011, and to celebrate the New Year, the concert series is bringing chamber music ensembles from the Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra (TYSO) for the first time ever to invigorate audiences with these talented young musicians.
According to Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Executive Director Pamela Ryker, the best of best are selected from the hundreds involved in the youth symphony to participate in this special local event. “The young musicians audition for this in the beginning of the year, and those who placed highest in orchestra, several of whom are in Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra, were placed in small chamber ensembles. The event is under Dale Johnson’s direction, he will organize the chamber ensembles and be the emcee for the evening.”
The participating musicians in the Jan. 11 Classical Tuesdays event are:
Katelyn Berg, Janae Monfort, Caitlyn Fukai, Esther Noh, Sarah Yamamoto, Elizabeth Smith, Julie Chang, Clara Fuhrman, Paul Shields, Gloria Lee, Evan Hulbert, Henry DeMarais, Julia Byeon, Emma Parkins, Eugene Lee, Ana Campo, Levi Golan, Sarah Blackner, Wesley Newsome, Sydney Campbell, Jonathan Galle, Andrew Johnson, Jenni Chang, Alice Yang, Iver O'Neil, Jesse Kuras, Thomas Hawthorne, Samuel Dale, Lauren Sensel, Lydia Robinson, Bryse Paffile, Nicholaus Falck, Mathias Palmer, Sameul Becker, Braden Waddell, Stephanie Reusch, Garrett Vose and Sameul Horn.
These talented young artists will be playing a variety of trios, quartets, strings and mixed ensembles, including pieces by Haydn, Handel, Barge, Danzi, Turina, Beethoven and more.
Though this is the first time young TYSO musicians have graced Slavonian Hall for a Classical Tuesdays event, this is not the first time young artists have taken part in the seasonal series. “We’re delighted to have them here,” Ryker said. “We have had the Stadium High School brass band before though, and they packed the halls.”
In the past, some Classical Tuesdays events have been geared toward adult audiences, but with young talent in the fore, this particular event will appeal to music appreciators of any age. “This event will appeal more to families, yes,” Ryker affirmed. “And the families of the performers, but I think that all ages will appreciate this. We need to celebrate our young talents here.”
Classical Tuesdays in Old Town featuring Tacoma Youth Symphony will take place Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St. in Old Town. The event is free, all ages are welcome and there will be free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. For more information, call (253) 752-2135 or visit http://classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com.