Having been founded in 1971, the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary season. Seventy-five members strong, the orchestra is for aspiring musicians in the twelfth grade and under and draws members from the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina as well as form as far away as Virginia and Tennessee. The orchestra has had a long history of exciting performances of core orchestra repertoire and performed at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in 1998.
In addition to four regularly scheduled full orchestra concerts and two chamber orchestra/chamber music concerts a year, the GYSO offers occasional concerts for special audiences. Its ensembles perform throughout the community. Sectional coaching is provided by the orchestraÆs parent professional ensemble, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Included on this Memorial Day weekend concert is music by two American composers, the Second Symphony by Howard Hanson and the ôMoronic Danceö by Herbert Hazelman. HansonÆs name and music are well known to American audiences from his leadership of the Eastman School of Music for decades and his Pulitzer Prize winning output. Hazelman is a native of the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina and taught band in the public schools of Greensboro for many decades, leading the program there to national prominence. His ôMoronic Danceö was originally conceived as a woodwind quintet and was later expanded for orchestra. It was in this later version in which the piece appeared on two important debut performances. The North Carolina Symphony premiered the arrangement on its first-ever concert on May 12, 1932 and it was subsequently performed at the debut performance of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.