Glendale Youth Orchestra – Los Angeles concert report

Glendale Youth Orch 3 The Glendale Youth Orchestra, conducted by Brad Keimach, finishes their 24th Season with a flourish on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 7:00pm at the historic Alex Theatre. The program includes five concerto contest winners, all students from the Los Angeles area. The GYO will also perform three orchestrated compositions with Latin jazz group Brasil Brazil and close out the concert with Mozart’s 40th Symphony. There will be a Silent Auction in the courtyard to benefit the Scholarship program.


The program will feature:

Saint-Saens – Introduction Et Rondo Capriccioso pour Violin op 28, Sarah Worden, violin (Crescenta Valley High School)

Faure – Fantasie For Flute and Chamber Orchestra op.79, Stephanie Yoon, flute (Crescenta Valley High School)

Haydn – Concerto in D Major Hob XVIII:11, 1st movement, Maya Paredes, piano (Jordan Middle School, Burbank)

Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No.1 op.107, 1st movement, Issac Jin, cello (La Canada High School)

Bruch – Romanze op.85, Elizabeth Asher, viola (La Canada High School)

Special Guest: Brasil Brazil Lobo – Casa Forte; Jobim – Waters of March; de Abreau – Tico-Tico No Fuba

Mozart – Symphony No. 40 K550

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The GYO participates in the Premier LA Phil Youth Orchestra Mentorship Program, and is funded in part by a grant from LA County Arts Commission. The Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts is a sponsor of this concert.  For information, visit their official site.

Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased from the Alex Theatre Box Office, 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203.

Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 7:00pm

Groups of 15 or more can get 15% off.

Students, children and seniors may purchase tickets for $8.50 each.



Formed in 1989 by a group of Glendale music lovers and school teachers, the Glendale Youth Orchestra attracts talented young musicians in the 6th through 12th grades from all over Los Angeles and the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.

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Brad Keimach is a graduate of New York’s prestigious Juilliard School. Mr. Keimach studied conducting with the legendary Leonard Bernstein and holds an MFA from the Purchase Conservatory of the State University of New York.


Violist Elizabeth Asher is a senior at La Cañada High School, where she is principal of her section. She currently plays with the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and is a violist in the Glendale Youth Orchestra, as well as being an alternate in the YMF Debut Orchestra. Her previous orchestral experience includes being a member of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Jacaranda Youth Chamber Orchestra, the, CODA Honors Symphony Orchestra, and the California All-State Orchestra. She participated in the Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Chamberfest, and also was a student at the Meadowmount School of Music in the studio of Patricia McCarthy. This summer, Elizabeth will attend the Montecito International Music Festival. Elizabeth has performed in master classes for violists Paul Coletti and Richard O’Neill, among others. She is currently a student of Victoria Miskolczy.

Issac Jin, 18 years old, has been an active cellist throughout his high school career at the La Canada High School. Currently a senior, he has performed at solo recitals and benefit concerts throughout the Los Angeles area. He also participates actively in competitions, such as placing first in the ASTA Regional and second place, with no chosen first place winner, in the ASTA LA Final competition. Apart from being a soloist, he has also is an avid member of numerous ensembles, which have won the first place prize in the Satori Competition. As a member of the La Canada High School Orchestra, he has been awarded as an Outstanding Player as well as a concerto competition finalist. For the past two summers, he has been invited to participate in the Montecito International Music Festival. Commencing his musical journey with the cello at the age of 5, he hopes to continue pursuing a future in music and aspires to expand his love for the cello.

Maya Paredes, age 13, started playing with sounds and learning notes on the family piano at age 3, and has studied with Juli Kim since age seven. She will perform the first movement (Vivace) of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D with the Glendale Youth Orchestra. For the past three years, Maya has played in ensembles with Junior Chamber Music LA, performing at the Colburn School’s Thayer Hall each year. With her chamber music groups, she has studied Beethoven’s Piano Trio op. 1 no. 3, Mozart’s K498 Kegelstatt Trio, and Debussy’s Petite Suite for 4 hands, been coached by Dr. Ming Tsu, Helen Goode and Joseph Katandijian and workshopped with Lucy Nargizyan. She has been invited to study at the Montecito International Music Festival and Sierra Academy of Music. Maya also studies cello with David Mergen. This is her first year playing cello with GYO; previously, she played cello in CSUN’s Youth Orchestra. A seventh-grade Honors student at Jordan Middle School in Burbank, Maya also enjoys singing with her school’s award-winning choir and playing as an appointed accompanist. She will be in the spotlight as part of a harmonized vocal duo at the choir’s spring Pop Show. Maya regularly performs at various benefits, retirement homes and free community concerts.

Sarah Worden, a junior, is currently the concertmaster of the Glendale Youth Orchestra and the Crescenta Valley High School Orchestra.  She began her violin studies at the age of seven under the instruction of Gherman Markosian at the Metzler Violin Shop in Glendale. For the past five years, she has also been studying with his brother, Boris Markosian, who lives in Moscow, Russia (via Skype.) Sarah was chosen as an alternate to the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States (2013.) Sarah was a participant of the 2009 Pasadena Pops Side By Side Orchestra and an auditor of the 2008 Pasadena Pops Side By Side Orchestra. She placed first in the intermediate level of the 2010 Callie McGrath Competition, was a finalist in the 2011 LA Phil Young Musicians Competition, and a finalist in the 2009 Valley Cultural Competition. Aside from playing the violin, she enjoys playing soccer, biking, hiking, and running. She is on the varsity soccer team at her high school and on the GU18 team at Crescenta Valley Soccer Club. Sarah would like to thank her violin teachers, Brad Keimach and her family for their ongoing support of her music education.

Stephanie Yoon is currently a senior at Crescenta Valley High School. She started playing flute since the fourth grade and has been participating in competitions and honor groups ever since. Stephanie was the principal flutist in the CBDA All-State High School Honor Band Wind Symphony in 2011. She was also first flute in the SCSBOA All-Southern High School Honor Band Concert Band in 2010. Stephanie has received first place at Southern California Junior Bach Festival and at the Southwestern Young Musicians Festival for many years. She is also a winner of the Glendale Youth Orchestra concerto competition and will be performing in May 2013. Stephanie, who will be majoring in flute, has been auditioning for universities around the country to pursue a degree in music performance.



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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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