GDYO’s Wind Symphony will share the stage with the Dallas Winds on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in a side by side concert. The concert, which begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center, offers high school students from throughout the Dallas area the opportunity to rehearse and perform challenging repertoire alongside professional musicians.
“Education is a huge part of what we do here at the Dallas Winds,” said founder and executive director Kim Campbell. “Our musicians are also band leaders, private teachers, and clinicians who work with many of these students through their school bands, as well as the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.”
“The kids love the opportunity to perform alongside these musicians, whom they all look up to,” said Chuck Moore, executive director of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. “The word ‘awesome’ comes up a lot. I overheard one say, ‘Who would ever have thought I would get to play with these guys?’ It means a lot to them. It’s something they all want to do.”
The 59-member GDYO Wind Symphony kicks off the concert with three selections under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams, Assistant Director of Wind Studies and Director of the Green Brigade Marching Band at the University of North Texas. Following the GDYO performance, the Dallas Winds will take the stage under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Jerry Junkin. The concert will culminate with the combined GDYO/DW ensemble performing with Junkin again conducting.
The repertoire for this concert includes: David Biedenbender’s Melodius Thunk, Julie Giroux’s Riften Wed, Percy Grainger’s The Gum-Suckers March, Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Claude Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, Joseph Schwantner’s and the mountains rising nowhere..., and Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber.
“This concert gives young musicians an opportunity to rehearse and perform with some of the top professionals in the area,” Campbell said. “It really raises the bar for everyone. The students want to play well for their teachers and mentors, and the pros are extra careful not to mess up in front of their students. Everyone has a great time, but the real winners are the people in the audience, who get to hear a great concert, and see the future of band music up there on the stage.”
GDYO’s holiday concert is a time-honored tradition for many music lovers in the community.
Angels & Sheperds
Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Featuring the Youth Chorus and Women’s Youth Chorus of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, the concert repertoire will include holiday favorites and orchestral classics. Pieces to be performed include: Ola Gjeilo, Gloria; Rutter, The Shepherds Pipe Carol; Rutter, Angels Carol; and many more!
Have you always dreamed of becoming a professional conductor?
On December 17th that dream may become a reality! GDYO will be holding a raffle to choose one lucky guest conductor who will be featured on our holiday concert. The chosen conductor will receive a mini-conducting lesson with Maestro Richard Giangiulio and the opportunity to take the podium in front of hundreds of adoring fans to conduct Sleigh Ride!
$1 Raffle tickets will be sold in the Meyerson lobby before the concert (cash or check), and the lucky winner will be drawn just before intermission. The winner also gets to take home their baton as a memorial of their grand performance (with pictures to follow, of course)!