Orchestras are collaborative endeavors with dozens of musicians coming together to share a composer’s vision.
Every year, Central Kentucky’s two leading student orchestras hold concerto competitions to select a student musician or musicians to step center stage as the featured soloist with the orchestra.
The resulting concerts by the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras often happen on the same weekend, as they do this year, giving music fans a chance to catch some of the area’s emerging talents before they go off to do who knows what. Some may pursue music careers, some may go in other directions. But at this point in time, these players are good enough to win tough auditions with expert judges.
And the concerts will be studies in contrasts. Friday night’s UK Symphony show will feature a pair of brass players in works that aren’t widely known to general audiences: trombonist David Seder on Ferdinand David’s “Concertino for Trombone” and euphonium player Chase Teachey on Philip Wilby’s “Concerto for Euphonium.”
If classical music fans are looking for the familiar on this show, it will be Johannes Brahms’ time-honored “Symphony No. 4.”
Sunday’s Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras concerto competition performances will come at the end of a day of concerts in the CKYO’s annual Teen Arts Festival, and they should be much more familiar to even casual classical music fans, or even people who did not know they liked orchestral fare.
Skye Park will perform the finale of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D” and William Arnold will perform the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in e minor” with the CKYO Symphony Orchestra in the 7 p.m. concert, which will also feature Maurice Ravel’s classic “Bolero.”
Here’s a quick snapshot of each of the soloists:
▪ David Seder picked up the trombone at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and continued to play through the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, Central Music Academy and at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He started in music playing piano and is now majoring in trombone performance at the University of Kentucky.
▪ Chase Teachey is a junior majoring in music education at UK, where he has performed in numerous ensembles including the Wildcat Marching Band, Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts at Lafayette High School and alumnus of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.
▪ William Arnold is a senior in the School for Creative and Performing Arts at Lafayette High School, where he serves as the concertmaster of the school’s chamber orchestra. The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts alumnus is also a percussionist, playing in the pit orchestra for SCAPA musicals, and has studied conducting.
▪ Skye Park is a sophomore at the Sayre School and has won the CKYO Borchardt Concerto competition before. Her other credits include, but are hardly limited to, two appearances on the public radio program “From the Top,” membership in the Cincinnati Starling Project, a pre-college program for string players at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and winner of numerous concerto competitions, including the Great Wall International Academy in Bejing.
Rich Copley: @copiousnotes
If you go
UK Symphony Orchestra
What: Concert featuring concerto competition winners and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16
Where: Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 405 Rose St.
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students, free to UK students with ID, in advance
Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras
What: Teen Arts Festival
When: Feb. 18
3 p.m. Preparatory String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra
5 p.m. Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Jazz Arts Orchestra
7 p.m. Repertory Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra (Concerto competition winners will perform with the Symphony Orchestra)
Where: Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St.
Tickets: $13 adults, $8 students, $10 senior adults