Youth Orchestra CYCNY Annual Concert

By Pui See Tsang

The 2014 Youth Orchestra Annual Concert was led by Music Director Chijen Christopher Chung. Youth Orchestra, CYCNY is a Queens-based youth orchestra since 1996. Chijen Christopher Chung, Music Director and Conductor, along with instructors: Chi-Ching Grace Lin, Lovell Chang, Chiwei Chang and 65 young musicians ages 10-18, performed a concert of multicultural music on last Saturday, May 24, at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center

There were a few special guests attended the concert including Deputy Director of TECO Mr. Alex Fan who also gave a brief welcome remarks to praise the great contribution that the Youth Orchestra has done for the community and youth education.

The program run down was:

Johann Strauss II: Overture from Die Fledermaus

Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo Sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana

Fu-Tong Wong: Symphony Condor Heroes (US Premiere)
I Prelude: A Rebellious Departure from the Taoist Monastery
VIII Fantasy: Reunion at the Bottom of the Val

Lalo Davila: Fire in The Groove
Chris Crockarell & Chris Brooks: Bucket Beats
ChiChing Grace Lin: Claps and Steps
Percussion Ensemble/Chi-Ching Grace Lin, Director

“John Rutter – Suite for Strings – A-roving”

Yu-Shen Deng: Longing for Spring Breeze

Dmitri Tiomkin: High Noon Symphonic Suite

Howard Shore: The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring Symphonic Suite

The orchestra presents two formal concerts annually. One free Holiday Concert for the community during holiday season in Queens, and one Annual Concert at Lincoln Center in the spring. The orchestra also performs concerts for community service at senior center, community center- on May 10 at Poppenhusen Institute at College Point, nursing home-on June 1st, 2014 at Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

CYCNY’s annual concerts are always amazing. It was so wonderful to see all the talented young musicians perform. We especially love the kids performed percussion ensemble using their claps, feet and steps. It’s very creative! If you missed the concert this year, do not miss the next one! The orchestra holds its open audition in the fall for new members on each Saturday from 1-4pm at MS 158 in Bayside, Queens from Oct. to June if you are interested in joining the group.

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