LASALLE — The Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform its spring concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in Matthiessen Auditorium at LaSalle-Peru High School.
The spring concert features a wide array of musical genres. Classics such as Dvorak's "New World Symphony" stand alongside Howard Shore’s epic movie music from "Lord of the Rings" and theatrics are in full swing with "Carmen" by Bizet. The spring concert also features our two concerto competition winners, Bobby Bradish and Abigail Meyers.
Each year, students can compete for a chance to solo with the orchestra. This year, two winners were selected to showcase their talents:
• Abigail Meyers, 18, is an avid violinist, and is home educated. She has been playing violin since January of 2010. Past instructors include Emily Sobaki, Aki Tanaka and Constance Deal, and she is currently studying with Jane Hoffmire. She has played with the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony for six years, serving as concertmaster since the fall 2015 season under the direction of John Armstrong and Alex Wang. She has also played with the Youth Music Illinois Youth Symphony for the last two years and this year serves as assistant principal second under the direction of David Commanday. Meyers has played for weddings, special occasions, fundraisers and festivals. She is active in Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Choir and Trinity Lutheran Chimes Choir. She enjoys drawing, composing and listening to music, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
• Bobby Bradish, the son of Bob and Michelle Bradish, has been playing the trumpet for nine years, starting at McKinley Elementary School in Ottawa. He currently attends Ottawa Township High School. He has studied for four years under the former OTHS music secretary, Barb Kinzer. He has been the trumpet section leader for the past three years at OTHS and the principal trumpet in the IVYSO for both years he participated. Additionally, he has subbed for third trumpet in the IVSO for multiple concerts. This year has been particularly successful for Bradish, as he made the ILMEA Orchestra, was selected for the All-State Orchestra, won the “Outstanding Musician” award at the national jazz contest, Jazz in the Meadows, won his second and third IHSA State Music Contest “Best of Day” Performance awards, and perfect scores for his "Hindemith Sonata 1" and trumpet quartet. Looking forward, he will attend Illinois State University, where he plans to major in actuarial science and participate in the University Band and Pep Band.
Tickets are available through orchestra members, or at the door, for $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
In its 32nd season, the IVYSO is comprised of Illinois Valley-area students. With annual August auditions for all orchestral instruments, the orchestra performs multiple concerts each year, with works both new and old crossing many genres. The orchestra is always accepting new players. For more information, contact Jennifer Antkowiak Etscheid, orchestra manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.