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Youth Orchestra

(Courtesy St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra)

This Sunday the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform at Powell Hall, conducted by Steven Jarvi and featuring cellist Grant Riew in Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Riew is a junior at John Buroughs School and the winner of the youth orchestra’s 2014 concerto competition. Last year he and Christopher Halen took first place at the Fox Teen Talent Competition as the “Two Mellow Cello Fellows.”

Youth Orchestra teaches much more than music

Nov 11, 2013
Steven Jarvi St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Yo-Yo Ma sat in with the St. Louis Symphony’s Youth Orchestra during a recent visit.

Ostensibly, the famed cellist was to share his expertise with his instrument and the deciphering of the language that is classical music with some of St. Louis’ most accomplished young musicians. Here was the opportunity for these young performers to glean insight into pitch or orchestration, concepts of dexterity or tidbits of timing, thoughts of theme.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When Carnegie Hall’s Weiss Institute announced the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America earlier this month, a local musician was one of those selected. Viola player Sean Byrne, a senior at Parkway Central High School, is one of 120 musicians chosen from around the country.

He is only one of two from Missouri chosen for this prestigious honor – one that will take him and his fellow National Youth Orchestra musicians on an international concert tour from Washington, D.C., to Europe later this summer.

Youth Orchestra program offers emotional connection

Mar 6, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: There are many reasons to attend Sunday’s Youth Orchestra Concert at Powell Hall:

Of course, the budding talent of the musicians is worth the trip. And then there is the fact that it is free.

But the concert promises to be a unique experience full of nimble performance, nuanced selections and noteworthy stories (sorry for the pun).