Selected members of the WYSO Philharmonic will take the stage with the musicians of the WSO to perform Sibelius’ Finlandia. The opportunity to perform side-by-side with a professional orchestra and conductor on the Palace stage is a unique learning experience. “To sit down with skilled musicians inspires the younger musicians. It’s exhilarating for them to perform for a large audience—it’s a performance they remember for life,” said Morrie Brand, Academy of Music Director.
The youth orchestra began practicing in August and will rehearse with the full orchestra prior to Opening Night. The group is made up of high school musicians from a wide variety of school districts in the area. The students meet once a week to practice, work with coaches and they also take private lessons.
“WYSO holds a special role in training the next generation of musicians and we are fortunate to have such a high-quality ensemble for our talented youth,” said Artistic Director Daniel Meyer who will conduct opening night.
Sibelius’ Finlandia was written in 1899 for a protest against censorship from Russia. It premiered in 1900 in Helsinki and is Jean Sibelius’ best-known work. To avoid censorship, the piece was performed under various names until Finland won its independence after World War I. “It’s a piece of music with an interesting story and the perfect length for the musicians to perform together,” said Brand.
Opening Night is October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre click here to reserve your seats!