Conrad Dunn, NUYS Conductor
Nathan West, NUYCO Conductor
with Talmage Kay, Viola
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Mount Logan Middle School, 3:30 pm
Free Admission this season thanks to our sponsors
Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra
Nathan West, Conductor
Slavonic Dance, Opus 46, No. 8 -- Antonin Dvořák
arr Robert D. McCashin
Beautiful Dreamer -- Stephen Foster
arr Barrie Carson Turner
Capriccio Italien -- Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
arr Leland Forsblad
Northern Utah Youth Symphony
Conrad Dunn, Conductor
Slavonic Dance, Opus 72, No. 5, 6 and 7 -- Antonin Dvořák
Suite Hebraique -- Ernest
Talmage Kay, Viola
Talmage Kay, Viola
Academic Festival Overture -- Johannes Brahms
Aboriginal Rituals -- Elliot Del Borgo
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* Libby Tarbert
* Cambria Farr
Taiten Moss, Bass Cl.
☺ Abigail Erickson
* Adam Frost
* Owen Snedaker
☺ Julie Gardner
☺ Heidi Hyatt
☺ Randall Thunell
Hugues Herpin Lemonnier
☺ Jacob Carlton
* Evelyn Cazier
Averi Van Tassell
* Talmage Kay
* Kai Bowen
* Ben Rich
♫ Russell Krebs
* Amy Braithwaite
♫ Kassie Norris
* (Thomas Palfreyman)
* Josie Anderson
* Ivy Andreasen
* Elizabeth Markle
* Section Specialist
This has been a singular year, and we present you today with a concert full of good, solid, beautiful music. We are so grateful to be performing for a live audience, for the generosity of our sponsors, and for all of our families who give of their time and love in this musical endeavor.
The Chamber Orchestra will open the program with a grand, familiar piece: Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 8 from his Slavonic Dances opus 46. He composed sixteen Slavonic Dances which were divided into two sets of eight; the Youth Symphony will be performing from the other set, opus 72. Inspired by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Antonin Dvořák composed these for 4 hand piano, and later orchestrated them at the request of his publisher.
Next, they will perform Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer, a familiar tune from America’s beloved 19th Century songwriter! Give him a google and see how many songs you are familiar with!
The Chamber Orchestra’s final piece will be Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, a bold string arrangement that has proven quite challenging! It might be an arrangement, but it’s still Tchaikovsky, and he sure loved accidentals!
The Youth Symphony will then take the stage also beginning with Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, this time from opus 72, numbers 5, 6 and 7. Notice that there are certain instruments not included in the score for number 6, which makes more of a contrast between the dances. These dances do not quote actual folk music, but evoke their style and spirit. Notice all the times the music slows down and then speeds up again.
Next on the program is the Rhapsodie from Suite Hebraique by Ernest Bloch, performed by Talmage Kay. Bloch’s lifelong study of Hebrew music contributed to this composition, which he composed in 1951 for a special celebration of Hebrew music. Listen for the sound of the Shofar (the ram’s horn) in this lovely piece!
We will continue our concert with Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture. When I looked this up, I laughed! He composed it as a tribute to the University of Breslau which was awarding him an honorary doctorate. He really just wanted to send a thank you note, but ended up composing this piece, full of student drinking songs arranged in a loose and episodic way. It’s a high-minded joke, and Brahms loved them!
Our final piece is a crowd pleaser just for you. Aboriginal Rituals is an original piece by Elliot Del Borgo. Driving rhythms are its hallmark.
As a society, our mental, emotional, and spiritual health are each in need of a lift, and this music encourages an escape from the strange year, at least for an evening. We deeply believe in what we’re doing, enough to be contact tracing the audience so we could put on another live performance!
Talmage Kay was enthralled with the violin at age two, and vowed to learn a string instrument. He reluctantly excelled on the piano beginning at age five, and was finally able to touch a violin on his 8th birthday. From 3rd to 5th grade, he played in two beginning orchestras, and took private lessons. In 6th grade, while listening to the differing musical parts, he loved the rich harmonies of the viola. Playing the viola has taught him of musical complexity and the importance of teamwork throughout the symphonic sections.
He is a senior at Green Canyon High School, and will be going to BYU-Idaho to study Computer Science and play in their ensembles. Among his favorite composers are Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Handel, Suk, Bloch, Vivaldi, Bach, and of course, himself. He enjoys creating music and computer programs, sometimes doing both at the same time. He has played under the direction of Conrad Dunn for 9 years, and has taken part of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony for 5 years. He has performed in two of his school musicals: Aida and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and played in the Cache Symphony Orchestra under Mark Emile.
He would like to thank Jen Sova, his first violin teacher who happened to be a viola player; Carolyn Larson, who showed him how nice the piano harmony with the violin could be; Jayme McKenna, his current private teacher for the last 5 years who has done a great job pushing him to take opportunities given to him; Patrick Clark, his school orchestra director who puts Talmage in his place as a violist; Julie, who pretty much runs the whole symphony show and keeps his section’s fingerings in check; his viola, who has been with him through many scary auditions and performances; Adam Day, his luthier of nine years; Ryan Scott, his accompanist for 4 years (since Ryan was 13) who has fixed innumerable problems in performances without anyone knowing; Paula Scott, Ryan’s “julie” (mom) and page turner; Talmage’s family, who have supported him through the ups and downs of playing an instrument putting up with the early morning and late night practices; and his parrot, Cooper, who loves to sing along with the music in the house.
Concerto Soloists for this season were
selected from concerto auditions in August 2020.
Talmage received Honorable Mention at this year’s auditions.
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Upcoming Events ~ Save These Dates!
NO Rehearsal next week! We will be switching out music. Enjoy a much-needed break!
NUYS & NUYCO Concert – Season Finale
Monday, May 17th, 2021, Box Elder High School
***This is our finalized date. The original date didn’t work out.***
Saturday, August 14th, 2021
If you are interested in auditioning, read the concerto audition rules on the website. There are deadlines!
NUYS & NUYCO Auditions
Saturday, August 21st, 2021, virtual and in person_____________