Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim to perform with YOBC

World-renowned violinist David Kim will be the featured guest artist at the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s (YOBC) spring concert, 4:00pm Sunday, April 6th at Maple Point Middle School, 2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne. Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, Mr. Kim’s appearance with the youth orchestra is thanks in large part to an encounter last year with YOBC cellist Eric Cyphers.

Eric attended a spring 2013 solo performance by Mr. Kim at the Hilltown Baptist Church in Chalfont. After the performance, waiting in line for an autograph, Eric was struck by how friendly he seemed, and asked Mr. Kim if he would consider performing with YOBC. They exchanged e-mails and soon YOBC executive director, Colleen Sweetsir, received a message from Mr. Kim proposing the special guest appearance and working out the details.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also devotes a portion of his schedule each year to bringing classical music to young people in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Kim will join the YOBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3. YOBC students, many of whom saw Mr. Kim perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December, have been working hard all year preparing for the concert. For more information contact Diana Nolan, 215-945-5105. Also visit www.yobc.org.

PHOTO CAP: Eric Cyphers

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Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim to perform with YOBC

World-renowned violinist David Kim will be the featured guest artist at the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s (YOBC) spring concert, 4:00pm Sunday, April 6th at Maple Point Middle School, 2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne. Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, Mr. Kim’s appearance with the youth orchestra is thanks in large part to an encounter last year with YOBC cellist Eric Cyphers.

Eric attended a spring 2013 solo performance by Mr. Kim at the Hilltown Baptist Church in Chalfont. After the performance, waiting in line for an autograph, Eric was struck by how friendly he seemed, and asked Mr. Kim if he would consider performing with YOBC. They exchanged e-mails and soon YOBC executive director, Colleen Sweetsir, received a message from Mr. Kim proposing the special guest appearance and working out the details.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also devotes a portion of his schedule each year to bringing classical music to young people in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Kim will join the YOBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3. YOBC students, many of whom saw Mr. Kim perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December, have been working hard all year preparing for the concert. For more information contact Diana Nolan, 215-945-5105. Also visit www.yobc.org.

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YOBC spring concerts feature Concerto Competition winners

The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (YOBC) presents its annual spring concerts, featuring two winners of the Concerto Soloist Competition held last June.

The concerts, which take place on Saturday, March 23rd will showcase trumpeter Andrew King and violinist Caitlin Williams. The concerts take place at Maple Point Middle School, Langhorne at 2:00pm (Junior/Intermediate Divisions) and 8:00pm (Advanced Division).

The soloists will perform in the evening concert. Tickets will be available at the door.

Andrew King, a senior at Neshaminy High School, will be performing “Sonatina for Trumpet” by Keith Kennan with the YOBC Wind Ensemble.

Andrew has been playing trumpet for seven years. He has participated in Neshaminy High School’s Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Marching Band for the past three years where he received the sophomore music award. This past school year Andrew also performed in Neshaminy’s all-student pit orchestra for “The Phantom of the Opera.”

In 2012 he performed in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Wind Ensemble and this year he has been selected to play in the PMEA All-State Orchestra in April.

Caitlin Williams is a homeschooled senior who lives in Morrisville, and is the concertmistress for YOBC’s Symphony Orchestra. She will play the “Intermezzo” from “Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21″ by Edouard Lalo.

Caitlin has been playing the violin since age five, two years after she began piano lessons. In addition to violin and piano, Caitlin plays guitar, clarinet, and percussion. She sings alto and soprano in the Princeton Area Homeschool Choir. She has been involved with YOBC since her family returned to the area in 2005.

Caitlin has performed solos for events at Cairn University; at her church, Westerly Road Church in Princeton, NJ; and other regional events.

YOBC creates opportunities for young musicians to achieve artistic excellence through enriching classical music experiences. Currently over 260 students each year, in grades 3–12, representing 27 school districts in Bucks and surrounding counties, come to YOBC every week to hone their skills and achieve their musical goals.

In over 20 years, YOBC has enriched the lives of over 1,500 students. 

For more information contact Office Manager Diana Nolan at 215-945-5105. Also visit their website at www.yobc.org.

 

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Andrew King

2. Caitlin Williams

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