Youth orchestra celebrates 40th anniversary with concert

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry (YOLOW) will be performing Masterworks to include movements from Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony on Saturday, May 18 at the Physician’s Auditorium, 66 George St. at 4 p.m. The performance will be conducted by Maestro Ruben Camacho and will feature winners of the YOLOW concerto competition performing the first movement of Saint-Seans 1st Cello Concerto. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the event or by emailing yolowtickets@gmail.com or calling 843-442-4431. This will be the last performance for this 2012-2013 ensemble.

YOLOW’s purpose is to provide grade-school students of all levels and background, throughout the tri-county area (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties), the opportunity for education and performance of symphonic music with commitment to a high standard of musical excellence.

The Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry had its beginnings in the 1970s as an expansion of early string programs in the Charleston County Schools. In the mid1970s, the two string orchestras were combined with winds and percussion to become the Charleston County Youth Symphony led by Ruth Goldsmith, John Steffa and David Ezell. During Ralph Rizzolo’s tenure as executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the organization was taken under the wing of the CSO as the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2007, the orchestra was renamed the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry and became an independent, non-profit organization in 2009.

Over the years, the orchestra has performed for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the Royal London Heritage Music Festival. Former members have gone on to major in music at such prestigious institutions as the University of South Carolina, Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory.

If you are interested in more information please visit the orchestra’s site at YOLOW.org

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