Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts Conclude WYSO Season

May 10, 2018 | News

WYSO presented its third and final concert series of the season, the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts, on May 19 and May 20, 2018 in Mills Concert Hall.

Programed pieces included works from Dmitri Shostakovich, Arturo Márquez, Aaron Copland, Jacques Offenbach, and more. The concert weekend featured four concerto performances from Philharmonia Orchestra and Youth Orchestra members, and Mark Leiser’s final concert as conductor of WYSO’s Sinfonietta orchestra after 25 seasons.

Each year, WYSO hosts a concerto competition for members of Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. Concerto competition winners who performed during the spring concerts this year were Ellen Zhou, a seventh grader at E.G. Kromrey Middle School, and a member of Philharmonia Orchestra; Ava Kenney, a seventh grader at Saint Maria Goretti School, and a member of Philharmonia Orchestra; Morty Lee, a junior at James Madison Memorial High School, and a member of Youth Orchestra; and Isabelle Krier, a junior at Oregon High School, and a member of Youth Orchestra.

Ellen will perform Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, and Ava will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Philharmonia Orchestra on May 19. Morty will perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, and Isabelle will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Youth Orchestra on May 20.

Sinfonietta Conductor Mark Leiser’s final concert was May 19. Mark has been the sole conductor of Sinfonietta since the orchestra began 25 years ago. Mark’s son Kenny Leiser, a WYSO alumnus, will sit in with the orchestra during their performance of Astor Piazzolla’s piece Oblivion.

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