The orchestra, conducted by Music Director Zeke Fetrow, performs a program of Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, and Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis. The winner of the young artist competition Jiyu Oh performs Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.
The concert will be preceded by a piano recital by competition runner-up Maggie Bai, 12 at 1:45 p.m.
This concert features several young performers who participated in the annual young artist competition. The competition is open to musicians of high school age or younger who live in eastern Massachusetts. This season the winner was chosen by a panel of orchestra members and Music Director Zeke Fetrow.
Jiyu Oh, 17, is from Seoul, South Korea and is currently studying with Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. Also at NEC, she is enrolled in the Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar and is co-concertmaster of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Her most recent accomplishments include full scholarship participation at the Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Institute and Morningside Music Bridge, and a Jack Kent Cooke Award from NPR’s From the Top.
The Belfast Telegraph called Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour “a strange and beautiful composition with much fire and fury and both ends and attractive lyricism at its core.” The short piece, composed in 2015, is based roughly on two poems, but Clyne leaves much to the listener’s imagination.
Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto was composed early in Barber’s career in 1939. Its first two movements are exquisite and touching, and the third movement is virtuosic and very fast. It has been recorded by many respected artists and become part of the standard repertoire.
Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis was written in 1943. Dancer and choreographer Leonide Massine suggested that Hindemith write a ballet based on themes by Weber. The project fell through due to artistic differences, but Hindemith completed this cheerful, lively piece that has remained one of his most popular works.
Admission for youth under 18 is free.