Symphonic Fusion

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Symphonic Fusion

Will Sherwood, The Worcester Youth Orchestra, Isabelle Zhao

Fri ยท March 2, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$0.00

This event is all ages

A unique program that includes the pipe organ within the texture of symphonic literature.

Featuring

Will Sherwood

Principal Organist, Mechanics Hall

Artistic Director, Worcester Organ Concert Series

1864 Hook Organ

 and

Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Brennand, Music Director

Symphonic Fusion
Symphonic Fusion
A unique program that includes the pipe organ within the texture of symphonic literature.

Featuring
Will Sherwood
Principal Organist, Mechanics Hall
Artistic Director, Worcester Organ Concert Series
1864 Hook Organ

and

Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Brennand, Music Director

Program:
Tschaikowsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy
Elgar: The Night is Calm and Cloudless with Soprano Soloist: Sarah Callinan
Camille Saint-Saens, Organ Symphony in C

Additional showcase pieces:
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Pianist: Sarah Kim
Organ solos including fifth grader Isabelle Zhao in her organ debut at Mechanics Hall
Will Sherwood
Will Sherwood
American Keyboard Artist and Composer Will Sherwood, AAGO, ChM, has been guest soloist with the Boston Pops, and appeared in concert in Europe as well as the US. He has enjoyed a diverse concert career alongside his positions as organist and director at churches where he has been known for his innovative and creative musical endeavors, and has produced three choral CDs to critical acclaim.

Will is currently Director of Music and Organist at Worcester's First Unitarian Church and Dean of the Worcester Chapter American Guild of Organists.
The Worcester Youth Orchestra
The Worcester Youth Orchestra
Founded in 1947, the Worcester Youth Orchestras (WYO) have maintained a presence in Central Massachusetts for more than 60 years offering musical training, orchestral experiences and fostering lifelong friendships for aspiring young musicians.

The orchestras' membership draws from over 60 towns and 72 schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island representing the finest talent from public, private and community music school programs. WYO is the third oldest youth orchestra in the country and has a long history of masterful performances at Mechanics Hall, The Aud, The DCU, Tuckerman Hall, Alden Hall, The Hanover Theatre, Anna Maria College, Warner Theatre (Worcester Academy) and Holy Cross. They have appeared as guest performers at The Academy of Music in Northampton, Boston University's Tsai Center, Pickman Hall at Longy Conservatory, The Paramount Theatre in Boston, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University, home of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and most recently at the newly built and magnificent Shalin Liu Concert Hall in Rockport.

All of its students are actively involved in their school music programs, as well as all-state and regional district music festivals. Under the artistic direction of Jonathan Brennand for the past five seasons, WYO has grown to four orchestras, a wind ensemble, jazz program, honors chamber music program and a flute and clarinet choir. It serves more than 200 students and draws an annual audience of more than 8,000 concertgoers each season. Mr. Brennand founded the popular and beloved "Annual Family Holiday Concert" which draws more than 900 families each year to celebrate the festive season. WYO presents a number of community outreach concerts each year at various places throughout greater Worcester bringing music and joy to all, recent appearances include St. Vincent's Hospital and Briarwood Retirement Community.
Now in its 70th Season, WYO continues to maintain a strong presence in Central Massachusetts, enriching the lives of its students and the many communities that it serves. WYO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and upholds the goals and ideals of WYO's Mission & Vision Statements:
Mission Statement
The mission of WYO is twofold - first, providing youth with an educational and enjoyable musical experience to build the qualities of teamwork, self-discipline and diligence that will benefit them now and as adults. And second, providing accessible live musical performances and cultural enrichment to the greater Worcester community.
Vision Statement
The vision of WYO is making greater Worcester a beacon for music education by providing students of all backgrounds (social, economic, racial, ethnic, national origin and sexual/gender identity) with the highest quality music education. WYO aspires to enrich the cultural life of the greater Worcester community with accessible concerts free from financial obstacles.
Venue Information:
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608
http://www.mechanicshall.org/