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Southern Oregon Youth Symphony

The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, featuring more than 160 young, accomplished musicians playing strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Parkway Christian Center, 229 N.E. Beacon Drive, Grants Pass; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.

Michael Kaveney, the 2012 YSSO Concerto Competition winner and music student at SOU, will be the featured soloist on Carl Stamitz's Viola Concerto No. 1 in D major. Kaveney also is a member of the student chapter of SOU's Music Educators National Conference.

Also on the program will be Tchaikovsky's "Marche Slave," along with John Williams' "The Mission" and the overture to Verdi's "La Forza del Destino."

The Youth Orchestra will play the overtures to Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien" and Franz von Suppé's "Poet and Peasant," and the Youth Strings will perform Mozart's "Menuet" and Klaus Badelt's "Pirates of the Caribbean."

Tickets cost $10, $5 for seniors and students, and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, Larry's Music in Medford and Great Northwest Music Co. in Grants Pass. Tickets for the May 20 show also are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford, and www.craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000. Call 541-858-8859 or see www.ysso.org for information.

Michael Kaveney will showcase Carl Stamitz’ Viola Concerto No. 1 in D major with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon during its spring concerts in Grants Pass, Ashland and Medford. - Photo courtesy of YSSO