Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon

Elana CooperPhoto courtesy of Bryan DeVore

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon marks its 25th season with its Silver Jubilee Concert Season. Youth Symphony, Youth Orchestra and Youth Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at Larry's Music in Medford and Paddington Station in Ashland. Tickets for the Medford show are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., at or by calling 541-779-3000. Tickets also will be available at the door.

If you go

Who: Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

Where: Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland

Tickets: $10; $5 for students and seniors

Call: 541-858-8859 or see

Youth Symphony, directed by Cynthia Hutton, will perform Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" and John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine." Violinist Elana Cooper — YSSO's 2012 Concerto Competition — will play Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor. Composed in 1861, the piece consists of three movements: Allegro non troppo, Adagio and Allegro con fuoco. The second movement borrows from an aria in André Grétry's one-act opera "Lucile."

"The work does not seem to be played often," Cooper says in a press release. "The beautiful melodies have grown on me, and I have come to love it. I am excited to share it with everyone in the Youth Symphony and in the audience."

Youth Orchestra will perform arrangements of Hector Berlioz' "March to the Scaffold" and the finale of Brahms' "First Symphony."

Youth Strings, conducted by Faina Podolnaya, will play arrangements of works by Henry Purcell, Sheila Nelson and other composers for string ensembles.

Cooper, a senior at Ashland High School, has performed with YSSO for 10 years. At AHS, she has studied with music teacher Gerry Paré. She's studied privately for 11 years with Podolnaya. In addition to YSSO, she's played with the Siskiyou Violins, the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra and in ensembles at AHS.

She has participated in Britt Festivals' String Quartet Academy, Marc O'Connor Fiddle Camp, the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford University and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She's worked with several artists presented by SOU, including Frank Huang of the Ying Quartet and Matthew Denton of the Carducci Quartet.

Hutton has served as music director of YSSO and conductor of Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra since 1995. She is an associate professor of music and director of bands at SOU and a member of RVS and the SOU Faculty Brass Quintet.

Podolnaya has served as an associate conductor since 2000 and leads Youth Strings. She studied violin performance at the Soviet Conservatory of Music and taught at a music academy in Kazakhstan.

The Youth Symphony and Youth Symphony Alumni will present a gala concert Dec. 18 at the Craterian Theater. The Silver Jubilee Concert Season will include concerts in March and May at the SOU Music Recital Hall and Craterian Theater, with extra shows set for the Performing Arts Center in Grants Pass.

Call 541-858-8859 or see

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