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Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon

The three ensembles of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will perform the group's spring concert series in three Southern Oregon venues. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at Grants Pass High School's Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The Youth Symphony will perform three movements from Piotr I. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Op. 64. The musicians of Youth Orchestra also will play works by Tchaikovsky, including "Sleeping Beauty" (waltz from the ballet) and "Introduction and March" (from Symphony No. 6). Youth Orchestra will also perform Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov's "Procession of the Nobles." Youth Strings will perform works by W.A. Mozart and Bob Phillips.

Cynthia Hutton, YSSO music director and conductor of the Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra, marks her 13th season with the YSSO this year. Hutton is associate professor of music and director of bands at Southern Oregon University. She is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra and the SOU Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to coming to Southern Oregon, Hutton served as director of bands and horn instructor at the University of California, San Diego, and was assistant conductor of the La Jolla Civic University Orchestra. She received her doctorate in conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Faina Podolnaya, YSSO associate conductor, is in her seventh year with the YSSO as conductor of Youth Strings. Upon completion of her studies in violin performance and teaching at the Soviet Conservatory of Music, she accepted a teaching position at Kazakhstan's music academy where she worked privately with students, lectured and coached ensembles preparing for competitions and concerts. Podolnaya has received numerous awards, including her selection as the Soviet Union's Teacher of the Year. She teaches violin and viola.

The YSSO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to expand their knowledge of music by learning and performing challenging symphonic repertoire. The mission of the YSSO is to provide high-quality performance experiences for young musicians under the leadership of professional conductors and music coaches and to foster a lifelong appreciation of classical music and the arts.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, Ashland; Larry's Music, Medford and Grants Pass. Tickets for the May 18 performance in Medford also are available through the Craterian Theater's box office, 779-3000.

See www.ysso.org or call 858-8859.

The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will perform its spring concert series May 16-18. - Photo by Paul Hoffman