About This Program
The series concludes with a much-anticipated performance by trumpeter Quincy Erickson, the talented winner of this year’s Young Soloists Concerto Competition. Michael Abels’ kaleidoscopic Liquify, Johann Strauss’ effervescent overture to Die Fledermaus, and Three Dance Episodes from Bernstein’s On the Town comprise this virtuosic program, which also features a special performance by GTCYS’ Philharmonia East.
Quincy Erickson is a senior at Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In addition to being a member of all of his school ensembles, he is in GTCYS’ Symphony orchestra, the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands Jazz Ensemble I, and the No Limits Brass Choir. In the summer of 2017, he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp where he was in the top ensemble, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO). He has chosen to pursue music in college and has received callbacks from many schools, including Northwestern University, The Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music. He will be auditioning at those schools in addition to many others in the coming months. He hopes you enjoy the concert!
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) broadens access to orchestral music and reaches more than 16,000 children and adults through core educational programs, free outreach activities and workshops, concerts, and special performances. It has been providing a rigorous and inspiring orchestral experience for young musicians since 1972. Led by Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith and artistic staff and coaches from The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) and Minnesota Orchestra, GTCYS serves 900 students ages 8-18 through eight academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. In 2016, GTCYS launched Harmony, which provides violin instruction to elementary students on the West Side of St. Paul. GTCYS presents 25 annual concerts to more than 11,000 audience members with performances at Orchestra Hall, The Ordway, and Ted Mann Concert Hall, and free community concerts at homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. Renowned for its rich international touring history, GTCYS performed by invitation at the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance (Spain) in 2014 and toured Argentina in June 2016. At home, GTCYS collaborates with world-class artists and organizations including guest conductors Osmo Vänskä, Roberto Abbado, and Nicholas McGegan and projects with the Minnesota Chorale. In 2011, GTCYS and the SPCO formed a strategic partnership to serve the community through music and build classical music audiences. GTCYS’ 16,000 alumni include leaders in every field who developed lifelong values of teamwork, discipline, and community engagement during their GTCYS experience. Dedicated to increasing access to music education with the help of generous donors, GTCYS awards more than $50,000 in need-based scholarships to students annually. For more information, visit www.gtcys.org.
Please note: The SPCO does not perform on this program