Centenary Youth Orchestra to present spring concert

SHREVEPORT, LA — Beethoven's First Symphony headlines the Centenary Youth Orchestra (CYO)'s spring concert on Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Centenary students Alex Koch and Timothy McCoy, the 2016 Hurley Aria and Song Competition winners, will appear with the Youth Orchestra as guest soloists. Koch will sing a cavatina from Elixer of Love by Donizetti, and McCoy will sing an aria from Fedora by Giordano. Both students are tenors who train with Artist in Residence Twyla Robinson at the Hurley School of Music.

"The Centenary Youth Orchestra performs once a semester after only 10 weekly rehearsals. That makes this Spring Semester Concert on March 13 a very impressive achievement, since high school students are going to give a well-played rendition of a difficult Beethoven symphony," says Dr. Todd Gabriel, associate professor of music at Centenary and director of the Youth Orchestra. "I'm very pleased with our progress. This is only the CYO's fourth concert since we began last year. Being able to play a big symphonic work and accompanying opera arias at this point is beyond my expectations."

The hour-long program will also include the Bach-Stokowski Air for Strings.

The Centenary Youth Orchestra is comprised of more than 40 young instrumentalists from northwest Louisiana.

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