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Monday, April 12, 2010

Debut Orchestra Goes All-out in Final Concert of the Season: At the Broad Stage in Santa Monica

“I find it fitting that the YMF Debut Orchestra is concluding its 55th season with a program entitled "Revolutionary Voices," Maestro Case Scaglione said. “Classical music's course has always been driven by composers who have had the courage to push the envelope and think outside the box. YMF has always searched for and supported these composers. From the time of Igor Stravinsky all the way to Charlie Fox today, YMF has carried on this tradition proudly. In addition to a world premiere by Mr. Fox we will also perform the music of Weber, Pärt, Michael Daugherty, and Beethoven.”

According to Scaglione, the pieces chosen for the April 17 concert are insignia of their respective eras.

“Each one of these pieces employs a compositional technique that was bold and fresh for the time. Michael Daugherty's Red Cape tango from 1994 brings the comic book character Superman to life while Beethoven throws us even deeper into the jowls of romanticism with his wonderfully evocative 5th symphony,” he said. “And all of this performed by the world-class Debut Orchestra. It is going to be a musical event to behold.”

The five dramatic musical pieces are considered cutting edge examples of their times. The concert will begin with Weber’s Der Freischütz, considered to be the first important German Romantic opera. Festina Lente by Pärt brings drama to the recounting of the beginning of the Christian era with violas, violins and bass all play in harmony at varying tempos. Fox will premiere his Arabesque For Orchestra. Daugherty's Red Cape Tango ties American pop culture directly into the classical arena. It is the final movement of his Metropolis Symphony, a work inspired by the life and times of the comic book character Superman. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, is one of the most popular and often played symphonies. It is considered groundbreaking both in terms of its technical and emotional impact.

For more information visit the Young Musicians Foundation’s website at or call 310-859-7668.

Founded in 1955, Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) is devoted to preserving the classical music heritage by providing performance opportunities; financial assistance and community outreach programming that contributes to the personal, academic and artistic development of youth from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. YMF is committed to the belief that music unifies a community and is a universal language. It is to this end that YMF strives to keep classical music alive.

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