The 2020-2021 season of the Etowah Youth Orchestras continues on Sunday, March 21 with the EYO Spring Formal Concert, presented by The Daniel Foundation of Alabama and Gadsden Parks and Recreation. The performance will be held at the Mort Glosser Amphitheatre, located at 336 South 1st Street in downtown Gadsden. The 2 PM performance will feature the EYO’s three after-school ensembles — the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Etowah String Sinfonia.
The Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of EYO Music Director Michael R. Gagliardo, will perform Saint-Saens’ “Bacchanale” from the opera Samson and Delilah to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s passing. Also included on the Symphony’s program are Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and a set of selections from American composer George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. The Symphony rounds out its program with selections from the score to the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest by Hans Zimmer
The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, which is under the direction of EYO Assistant Conductor Deborah Boos, will feature the works of two Gadsden-based composers. The Philharmonic’s program opens with Ralph Whitfield, Jr.’s, Broad Street March. The program also includes the World Premiere Performance of Mike Gagliardo’s Irish Folk Song Suite, composed specifically for the Philharmonic for the 2020-2021 season. The Philharmonic will also feature two of its members – Concertmaster Holly Davenport and Co-Principal Flute Spencer Potter – as soloists with the orchestra on the work In a Gentle Rain by Troy, AL-based composer Robert W. Smith. The Philharmonic’s program also includes Gabriel Faure’s Pavane and the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C Major, “Linz.”
The String Sinfonia, under the direction of EYO Assistant Conductor Bryce Anderson, opens its program with four Chorales by composer Quincy Hilliard. The program then moves to Lion’s Pride by composer Jason Hayes, which is featured on the soundtrack for the video game World of Warcraft: Taverns of Azeroth. The Sinfonia’s portion of the concert concludes with the Shepherd’s Hymn from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale,” performed in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth in 2020.
Tickets for the EYO Spring Formal Concert are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (ages 60 and up), and $8 for students (ages 3-18 and college students with a valid student ID). Students 2 and younger are free. Tickets are available online at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/d80b9e10/sXO6zwmbvUqXG7qV38tERw?u=http://www.culturalarts.com/boxoffice and in person at the front desk of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts. Tickets may also be purchased at the Mort Glosser Amphitheatre box office on the day of the performance, beginning one hour prior to the concert.
PLEASE NOTE: The only entry gate is at the top (near Convention Hall). All shows are general admission. Please sit at an appropriate social distance from members of other households. The top entrance and terrace are handicap accessible. Unfortunately, the restrooms are not handicap accessible. Your email confirmation is your ticket. You may show it to the usher on your smartphone or bring a printed copy. Please gather your entire party and enter together. EVERYONE 7 and OLDER MUST WEAR A MASK. Coolers, chairs, blankets, and umbrellas are welcome. We encourage you to enjoy the magic of a live performance instead of watching it through your smartphone while recording, but non-flash photography is allowed.
The Etowah Youth Orchestra is a project of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Attalla City, Etowah County, and Gadsden City Boards of Education and the City of Gadsden.