Solano Symphony Celebrates Rising Talents in Salute to Youth Concert

Published March 20, 2024

The vibrant rhythms and melodies of the 19th and 20th centuries promise to come alive at the highly anticipated Solano Symphony Salute to Youth Concert. The event's spotlight shines on the gifted young winners of the recent Young Artist's Competition, and takes place at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre on Sunday at 3 p.m.

This musical showcase is supported by the Margaret Beelard Community Foundation and features violinist Jenna Son and pianist Caitlyn Ohler, both hailing from Davis. Under the baton of veteran conductor Semyon Lohss, the symphony will accompany the young artists, highlighting the symphony's ongoing commitment to supporting emerging talent.

The concert's repertoire includes timeless pieces such as Felix Mendelssohn's 'The Hebrides Overture' and Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor, with Jenna Son taking on the challenge of its intense first movement. On the piano, Caitlyn Ohler will impress audiences with her rendition of the opening movement of Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2.

After the intermission, music enthusiasts will be treated to a collaborative performance featuring the symphony and local school musical groups. Pieces include J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Bela Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, and more. The concert promises to close on a high note with a generous dose of nostalgia — a Looney Tunes-themed medley brought to life with memorable quotes from classic cartoons voiced by David McCallum.

Ahead of the concert, the conductor has shared insights into the complexity and excitement of bringing such classics to the stage, acknowledging both the challenges and the sheer joy that comes with live performances. Audiences can look forward to a Sunday filled with emotion, virtuosity, and a celebration of music across generations.

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