Astounding Performance by The Children’s Orchestra Society’s Young Symphonic Ensemble

Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

By William Koestiono

On April 30th, 2013, the Children’s Orchestra Society celebrated its 44th season featured 47 talented young musicians under the conductor and music director Michael Dadap, presented the 19th Annual Discovery Concert and Benefit Gala at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

COS is a non-profit organization aimed at teaching children the language of music from early times. Executive Director Yeou- Cheng Ma quoted that their child-centered methods of teaching approach is unique. Dr. H.T. Ma further commented that each individual child enjoys the benefits of musing making in a supportive environment. Members of COS benefit from the opportunity to perform in orchestra; and chamber music concerts with reputable musicians and with their peers.

Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

One of the orchestra groups presented is the Young Symphonic Ensemble. Michael scouted the talented members in the vicinity of the NYC metro area. The age ranges for children who played orchestra could be anywhere from 10-18. These brilliant children scouted have several experiences in music such as Broadway music, Jazz opera, and Ballet repertoire. The ensemble already performed in many places and one of them is Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, New York City. YSE also has overseas performances in Philippines and Taiwan.

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There were two music prodigies appeared as special guests in the concert, Kenta Nomura and Christine Kwak. Kenta performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, Op 35, and Christine performed Paganini’s Violin Concerto in D, Op.6 Kenta Nomura is an 8th grader from Jericho Middle School. He started playing violin at the age of four. He has been attending LIU Chamber Music Festival since preschool. His current achievement is the 1st prizewinner of NY Music, Morgan Park Music, and LIU concerto competitions. He has received several Tilles Scholar Award for 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Christine Kwak. Credit Minnow Park Photography

Christine Kwak is a brilliant violinist. She made her debut at the age of nine. She set up a good example for youngsters to have an early music lesson. By the time she was 11 years old, she already journeyed into many different orchestra halls such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall.

Overall, attuning our mind to this concert provides relaxation to our body and gives us a fascinating idea on the importance of early childhood learning in music. The music lovers should not miss this concert. It is not just the classical enthusiast but people who appreciated the art contained in the songs should enjoy this concert.

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Credit: Kathy Kmonicek


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