Debut Chamber Orchestra to Perform 'flow'
Concert Opens DCO's 2017/18 Season
Contact: Walter Zooi
Friday, September 29, 2017 | 7:30 PM The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage
1310 11th St., Santa Monica
Leonard BERNSTEIN – On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite Bedřich SMETANA – Vltava (The Moldau)
Claude DEBUSSY – La Mer
Los Angeles, CA (September 11, 2017): Water does not resist. Surging or still, its force is the inspiration for the season-opening concert, titled flow, by the Young Musicians Foundation’s Debut Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
“Taking inspiration from Santa Monica, we centered our first concert, flow, on musical representations of water,” said Music Director Yuga Cohler. “The opening work, On the Waterfront, pays homage to Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, while the latter half consists of two of the most beloved depictions of bodies of water — Smetana’s The Moldau and Debussy’s La Mer. Our hope is that you leave the concert feeling in the zone — that is, that you find it to be a flow experience.”
Admission to the concert is free; seating reservations are recommended at www.ymf.org/events.
Now celebrating its 63rd season, the Debut Chamber Orchestra (DCO) is one of the oldest pre- professional training orchestras in the country. Composed of approximately 70 talented musicians ages 15-25 from across the Los Angeles area, the orchestra hones the skills of students who are on the cusp of professional careers. Members are selected each year through blind auditions adjudicated by eminent Los Angeles-based musicians, and alumni of the orchestra perform today in virtually every major symphony orchestra in the country. The orchestra also remains one of a few programs in the country that gives talented young conductors the opportunity to plan, rehearse and conduct a full orchestra season.
Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) believes that youth of all social and cultural backgrounds should have access to exceptional music education and classical music experiences. Through our Teaching Artist Program (TAP) we currently serve over 1,400 elementary, middle and high school students at schools and sites throughout the Los Angeles area. From TAP to the Debut Chamber Orchestra, our interconnected programs are designed to foster, encourage and prepare young musicians at every stage of their development as both artists and individuals.
Yuga Cohler, 28, is in his third and final year as the Lawrence N. Field Conductor-in-Residence of the YMF Debut Chamber Orchestra. Cohler has quickly risen to international prominence as a conductor and cultural innovator. In addition to conducting repertoire that ranges from Schubert to Salonen, he hosts The Great Music Series, which in its first installation, a comparison of the works of Kanye West and Beethoven titled Yeethoven, was hailed as a work of “musical genius.” Cohler has been awarded fellowships to such institutions as the Aspen Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and has additionally studied at the Tanglewood Music Center. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where he studied computer science, Cohler also studied with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert at the Juilliard School, where he worked extensively with the Juilliard Orchestra and served as its assistant conductor under Itzhak Perlman.
DEBUT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
• Yuga Cohler, Lawrence N. Field Conductor-In-Residence, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Pierre Derycz, Orchestra Manager & Librarian, email@example.com
YOUNG MUSICIANS FOUNDATION
• Walter Zooi, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org High-resolution photos available at www.ymf.org/press.
Young Musicians Foundation
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