31 January 2013

Press Release: Lincoln Youth Symphony Concerto Night to Feature Three Exceptional Musicians

Here is the press release that just went to the Box Elder News Journal, the Tremonton Leader, the Cache Valley Herald, and the Standard Examiner. It's also a great email to forward to your friends and family... Let's invite lots of people for our upcoming concert!

Press Release: 

The Lincoln Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra will present their Night of Concertos Saturday, February 9, 2013, 5:00 pm, at Box Elder Middle School Auditorium, 18 South 500 East, Brigham City. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students/seniors, and $12 for an under-one-roof family. It will be an inspiring evening including three concertos performed by local high school students.

Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra, Amanda Kippen, Music Director & Conductor

The evening will open with the strings-only Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra conducted by Amanda Kippen performing arrangements of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Handel's Water Music, and Prokofiev's Troika from Lieutenant Kije.

Lincoln Youth Symphony, Sam Runolfson, Music Director & Conductor

The Lincoln Youth Symphony conducted by Sam Runolfson will perform Sibelius' Finlandia, Leroy Anderson's Blue Tango, and will also feature winners of their annual concerto competition: Jennifer Ban performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 (3rd Movement), Paisley Tarboton performing the Bruch Violin Concerto (2nd Movement), and Taylor Robbins performing Haydn's Cello Concerto (1st Movement).

Sponsorship and additional info:
The Lincoln Youth Symphony and Lincoln Youth Chamber Orchestra are projects of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported by grants from the Utah Arts Council, the George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Smith's, Kent's, ATK, generous donations from local businesses, and the Gala Fundraiser and Silent Auction coming up on March 2, 2013. Information is available at www.LincolnYouthSymphony.com.

Our Soloists
Jennifer Ban:

Jennifer Ban, Piano
Born in Lexington, KY, 14 year-old Jennifer Ban began her piano lessons with Delores Howard at the age of 5 in Birmingham, Alabama.  In the summer of 2007, her family moved to Logan, Utah, where she continued her piano lessons with the USU Youth Conservatory, currently a student of Luke Hancock.  For the past 5 consecutive years, she has won many awards at the USU Piano Festival. Besides piano, Jennifer loves reading, math and science.  She is actively involved in many extracurricular activities in Logan High School, such as the tennis team and the math club. She plays violin in the Logan High School orchestra and recently played in the 2013 Allstate Orchestra. She likes skiing, tennis, cooking, and debating.  She has two brothers, one older and one younger, who all play piano.

Paisley Tarboton:
Paisley Tarboton, Violin
Paisley Tarboton is a senior at Logan High School. Her violin teachers have included Jill Wellbaum, Conrad Dunn, and Becky Roesler; she currently studies with Dr. Mark Emile. She participated in the All State Orchestra in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and recently performed with the 2013 orchestra. After playing in the Northern Utah Youth Symphony for three years, she is now a member of the Utah Youth Symphony. Paisley enjoys playing in the pit for musicals having played for White Christmas, Once Upon a Mattress, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and is also a member of the 21 Strings Quintet. In addition to violin, Paisley enjoys tennis and played on the Logan High Varsity team. She will be playing the exciting 3rd movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Logan High Orchestra but loves the sweet and beautiful 2nd movement and is delighted to be performing it with the Lincoln Youth Symphony.

Taylor Robbins:

Taylor Robbins, Cello
Taylor Robbins is co-principal cello with Lincoln Youth Symphony. He has loved music since he was a small baby rocking and dancing in his car seat. His second loves are food and football. He began studying the piano at age 5 five and after much begging received his first cello for Christmas when he was 7. His Dad happened to get a cello that same year and they began learning together. It was not long before Taylor was playing more difficult pieces than his father. I suppose it is all right to be jealous of your children occasionally. Taylor continued his studies with Larissa Humphries until he was 12, and then with Sam Runolfson after meeting at Weber State Summer Strings Program. He loves music from rock-n-roll to folk to classical. He also loves song and theatre and is part of Weber High's Productions Company. Taylor graduates from Weber High School in May and plans to go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then attend BYU or U of U to study music and medicine.

24 January 2013

Abravanel Hall and other stuff


I just thought you'd all like to know that I handed out the Abravanel Hall permission slip and information sheet last Saturday. Please ask for yours if you were not there. I am also looking for at least two adults who can ride the bus to and from Salt Lake. If you are interested, please contact me asap (replying to this email is fine).

Remember that rehearsals the next two weeks - January 26 and February 2 - will run until 11:30. 

The Night of Concertos Concert is Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Box Elder Middle School, 18 South 500 East, Brigham City, at 5:00pm. Our rehearsal that morning will be in the BEMS Auditorium from 8:30 to 11:00 am. Please be on time. :)

I have pasted the Abravanel Hall Information below, and also attached the form. The sheet with the permission form (page two of the attachment) also has a form letter you can use to petition your school for an excused absence. Please make every effort to attend, and if you can't attend, I need to know right away so I can make arrangements to cover your part. We are small and need everyone! (PS If you are reading this on the website, just email me or leave a comment if you need the form and I will make sure you get it.)

Dear Parents and Musicians,
Our performance at Abravanel Hall is February 11, 2013. Our schedule is as follows (times subject to change):
·        6:15 a.m. Load the Bus and leave Promontory School
·        6:30-6:40 a.m. Pick up students in Farr West at the Park & Ride
·        6:45-6:55 a.m. Pick up students in Riverdale at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S
·        7:30-7:45 a.m. Arrive Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City: Please bring a sack lunch and any snacks you will need to get you through the entire morning. You may not eat inside the auditorium. There are no nearby eating establishments. You may eat on the bus or in the lobby of Abravanel Hall after 12pm before we head north again.
·        8:00 a.m. Watch Performances: Jordan Youth, Canyons Youth, Granite Junior
·        9:30 a.m. Warm Up in the Green Room (During another performance)
·        10:00 a.m. Lincoln Youth Symphony performance!!!
·        10:30 a.m. Group picture on the grand staircase; Instrument display and emergency repairs by Summerhays Music.
Bring $15 for an 8x10 picture. Make checks payable to Patrick Webster. Pictures will be mailed directly to students.
·        11:00 a.m. Watch Performances: Nebo Youth Symphony, Jordan/Canyons Symphony
·        12:00 p.m. Load the bus and head for home. We will leave Salt Lake at about 12:15 p.m.
·        1:00 p.m. Arrive at Riverdale Park & Ride.
·        1:20 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride
·        1:40 p.m. Arrive at Promontory School
Ø These times are dependent on traffic and unforeseeable events, so we'll need to be flexible. Parents, please come to pick up your musician a few minutes early just in case!
Ø There is room on the bus for cellos and basses.
Ø Each musician is very important to our performance. Since this is not technically a school-sponsored activity, their time off from school will need to be arranged on an individual basis. Please use the note below or ask me for a full size version if it helps!
Please sign and return the permission slip ASAP.

LYS Managing Director ðJulie Gardner, GJulieKay@gmail.com, 435.723.8262

11 January 2013

LYS Rehearsal Canceled!


We are canceling tomorrow's rehearsal. Stay home, sleep in, be safe, and then practice the things on the list*.

In exchange, so we are ready for our next performances, please plan to stay until 11:30 am for the next three or four rehearsals. So, we'll see ya January 19, bright and early, 8:30 to 11:30!

*Sam is putting together a list of things to listen to and work on. When we send it, hopefully tonight, please be sure to go through it so we don't completely lose a week of momentum towards our next performances, the concert February 9th, and the trip to Abravanel Hall February 11th. 

FYI: I have not yet received our schedule for Abravanel Hall, but when I do, you will be the first to know, so you can also plan your lives. :)

Thank you for being wonderful! I will now activate my system for contacting people. If you receive a text from 801-508-4652 (last 5 digits spell VIOLA ... check it out!), it is from me. The text will tell you that rehearsal is canceled and direct you to this email. Is that called a circular argument?  ;) 

Be safe and warm!

Julie Gardner
Sam Runolfson


03 January 2013


Just a quick reminder: We have rehearsal this Saturday, 8:30 to 11:00!

Happy New Year!

Julie Gardner
Samuel Runolfson