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Rogue Valley Symphony sets shows for EdenVale Winery

Nineteen-year-old Gabe Young will join Rogue Valley Symphony to make beautiful music together when RVS returns to EdenVale Winery for the beginning of its series of "al fresco" summer concerts.

Young, who just returned from his first year as a music performance major at Indiana University Bloomington, will be the featured soloist for Benedetto Marcello's Oboe Concerto in C Minor and Gaetano Donizetti's andante sostenuto for oboe.

"The Marcello allows me and the orchestra a lot of playing off of each other," Young says. "There are many intricacies within the way the orchestra will accompany me. The Donizetti is more flowing. It's like I'm the diva of a short opera piece. It's the nature of the compositions. The pieces allow me to showcase my skill set in different ways, and they fit well with the concert's program."

RVS also will feature George Frideric Handel's Water Music Suite No. 1 and 2 and Tomaso Albinoni's Adiago at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, in the winery's gardens, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford.

Tickets cost $36 for reserved seating, $18 for students. EdenVale's gardens will open at 6:30 p.m. for light suppers and wine. Food is available by pre-order only. Call the RVS box office at 541-552-6398 to reserve tickets and food. Tickets also will be available online at rvsymphony.org, and wine will be available at the show.

Young says he's studied the pieces he'll perform at the concert.

"An important part of classical music is preserving the heritage and style that the pieces were conceived under," he says. "Yet the individual can make the music their own by adding elements of his or her character, such as embellishments, phrasing and tone. When musicians play certain music long enough, they come to find their own voices, their certain identifiable traits."

The Marcello is played in three movements, Young says. One is stately, the second longing, slow and beautiful, and the third is peppy and a lot of fun to play. The Donizetti is slower throughout, but the fun of it is to make it as beautiful as possible.

Born and raised in Ashland, Young picked up the oboe in the fifth grade when he joined Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon. He played with YSSO until he graduated from Ashland High School and was a four-time Oregon State Solo Competition champion.

In 2013 and 2014, he was named to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States.

"Those were two fantastic summers," Young says. "I traveled all over the world, met some amazing people, and played great music." 

At Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Young studies under Linda Strommen.

"She's one of the stalwarts of oboe, he says, and the school ranks among top music conservatories in the country, such as Julliard School."

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Gabe Young will join Rogue Valley Symphony for solos of Benedetto Marcello's Oboe Concerto in C Minor and Gaetano Donizetti's andante sostenuto for oboe. Photo courtesy of Stella Sharpe