Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestras Spring Concerts Feature Collaboration and New Conductor

February 29, 2012

Appleton, WI– The Fox Valley Symphony announces the 38th season of the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestras program. The first concert on Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm will feature the Philharmonia under the direction of guest conductor Kristina Stingle and a collaboration with ASTRO—the Lawrence Academy String Orchestra—conducted by Janet Bond Sutter. The Youth Orchestra will perform as part of the Partners in Education concert on Monday, March 19 from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. The final concert will feature the Youth Orchestra under the direction of new conductor Seong-Kyung Graham and the Concert Orchestra led by Greg Austin on Sunday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The first concert will begin with the Lawrence Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO) under the direction of Janet Bond Sutter, a long-time violinist of the Fox Valley Symphony. The Philharmonia, led by guest conductor Kristina Stingle from Neenah High School, will be featured in the second half of the program. This concert will take place at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Tickets for this concert are available at the Lawrence University Box Office, in the Music-Drama Center, from 12:30-5:30 pm or by calling 832-6749. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and children.

On Monday, March 19, the Youth Orchestra will perform for 1200 area 3rd and 4th grade students as part of the Partners in Education concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. This concert is a culmination of a 6 month long program that focuses on the symphony orchestra and symphonic music. Teachers received a curriculum handbook in early October and implemented lesson plans for the theme “The Beat Goes On” during the year, in addition to receiving a visit from a FVS musician in November and a string quartet in February. Students from Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Kaukauna, Hortonville, Greenville, Stockbridge and Weyauwega private and parochial schools will be in attendance. Also featured is 10th grade student Bethany Moss who won the FVS Youth Soloist Competition on January 14. Ms. Moss will perform the first movement of the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2, movement I. This event is not open to the public.

The final concert is set for Sunday, March 25 at 4:30 pm at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Conductor Seong-Kyung Graham, will make her debut performance with the Youth Orchestra at the Chapel in a concert featuring the works of Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Wieniawski and more. The concert also features the Concert Orchestra (CO) led by Greg Austin. Leading up to the concert, CO presented free performances on March 23 at Shattuck MS, Neenah, Secura Insurance and Jefferson Elementary in Appleton.

Seong-Kyung Graham, a native of Korea, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Sungshin Women's University in Seoul before moving to the United States in 1989. After earning her Master of Music degree at the University of North Texas, she pursued additional graduate studies in conducting at the University of Illinois and the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Ms. Graham has a wide range of conducting experience with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choral groups. Currently, she is the music director of Civic Symphony of Green Bay and the Chancel Choir Director at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Green Bay and a Visiting Instructor of Music at Ripon College.

For the concert on March 18: General admission tickets @ $7 for adults and students are available at the Lawrence University Box Office, located in the Music-Drama Center, 12:30-5:30 pm or by calling 832-6749.

For the concert on March 25: Family four-packs are available for $28 (two adults, two children). General admission seating is $10 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets are available at the Fox Valley Symphony office and Heid Music beginning February 20. They will also be available in the Chapel lobby one hour before the concert.

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