Photo courtesy of Alton Youth Symphony
The Annual Spring Concert will include performances by the Junior Youth Symphony under the direction of its new conductor, Sally Pierce.
ALTON — Alton Youth Symphony’s Annual Spring Concert will be held at Heartland Baptist Church, 4500 North Humbert Road at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20.
The concert will include performances by the Junior Youth Symphony under the direction of its new conductor, Sally Pierce. AYS founder Ken Conrady has been at rehearsals of the Junior Youth Symphony and reports that this year’s group likely will impress the audience with their musicianship. Junior Youth Symphony members are in grades three to five.
The Youth Symphony, under the direction of Deberah Haferkamp, will perform classical and popular pieces by composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Cole Porter. They will wrap up the concert with a performance of the Fourth Movement of Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
The concert will feature soloist Madeline Hornsey on violin, performing Vivaldi’s “Concerto in G Minor,” accompanied by the AYS Chamber Group. The AYS Chamber Group, a string-only ensemble composed of the more seasoned musicians in the orchestra, also will perform at the concert.
The AYS Chamber group performs at many River Bend events. The 2011 spring performances included Riverbend Community Center’s “Sweet Music” event on Valentine’s Day and a performance at the Godfrey Park and Recreation Department’s Easter Egg Hunt, where their rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” was a crowd favorite. The piece will also be performed at the concert.