Peninsula Youth Orchestra Tour of Germany

In June, 2013, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra will embark on a tour of Germany, visiting the beuatiful and historic cities of Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden.  Check back on this page for updates on their concert series in Germany and enjoy the sounds of the PYO in the video below!

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra is conducted by Mitchell Sardou Klein.  PYO section coaches are Randall Weiss, violin; Patricia Whaley, viola; Janet Witharm, ‘cello; Chris Crews, bass; Michael Corner, woodwinds; Don Couch, brass; and Matt Germano, percussion.  PYO members are eligible to compete in the annual Concerto Competition in which two to four winners perform with the PYO during the course of the season.

The Sinfonia Musica, Orchestra Nova, and Young Artists Preparatory Orchestras are directed by Sara Salsburywith the assistance of Jordan Webster (woodwind specialist), Don Couch (brass specialist), and Matt Germano (percussion ensemble).

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra and the Preparatory orchestras regularly perform works commissioned by and composed for the PYO, by PYO Composer-In-Residence Ron Miller, and other contemporary composers.

Tours: The Peninsula Youth Orchestra was awarded the prestigious ASCAP Award for “Adventurous Programming of American Music on Foreign Tours” for their highly successful Japan Tour during June, 1999.  The second international tour, to New Zealand and Australia in the summer of 2001, culminated with performances in the world-famous Sydney Opera House as part of the invitational Australian International Music Festival.  The PYO was awarded “Showcase Status” by the festival.  In the summer of 2003, the PYO participated in the European Youth Orchestra Festival in Northern Italy! In 2005, the PYO performed in Northern Spain and Southern France, and in 2007, the PYO performed in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. In 2009, the PYO visited Paris, Normandy, Belgium, and the Netherlands.  In 2011, the PYO visited Bristol, Bath, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and  London, England. The 2013 PYO tour will be to Germany.

Mitchell Sardou Klein, whose performances on four continents have garnered wide acclaim, enters his
16thseason as founding Music Director of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra and his 28th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony. He regularly guest conducts orchestras in California, throughout the United States, and in Europe.

He made his debut with Symphony Silicon Valley in two sold-out performances in January, 2012, praised by the San José Mercuryas a “gorgeous performance; big, enveloping and wonderfully luxuriant.” His other recent appearances as a guest conductor in California include the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Inland Empire/Riverside Philharmonic, Ballet San Jose, the California Riverside Ballet and the Livermore-Amador Philharmonic. Concerts elsewhere have included his return to Europe to guest conduct the New Polish Philharmonic and the Suddettic Philharmonic, concert tours of England, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand with PYO, numerous return engagements to the San Jose Symphony (the predecessor of Symphony Silicon Valley), and his return to the podium of the Santa Cruz Symphony. Prior guest conducting appearances have included the Seattle Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Eastern Philharmonic, Flagstaff Festival Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, and many others. Maestro Klein also has extensive experience in conducting ballet orchestras, including the Kansas City, Lone Star, Oakland, and Westport Ballets, as well as the Theater Ballet of San Francisco and les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

Maestro Klein directed over a hundred concerts as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic (where he was also Principal Pops Conductor and Principal Conductor of Starlight Theater, the Philharmonic’s summer home), and also served as Music Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony.

Maestro Klein is a winner of many prestigious awards, including the 2008 Diamond Award for Best Individual Artist, the Silver Lei Award from the 2009 Honolulu Film Festival (for the World Premiere of Giancarlo Aquilanti’s La Poverta), the 2000 ASCAP Award for Programming of American Music on Foreign Tour, the 2001 Jullie Billiart Award from the College of Notre Dame for Outstanding Community Service, a 1996 award for the year’s best television performance program in the Western States (for the one-hour PBS program about him and the Peninsula Symphony) as well as the 1993 Bravo Award for his contribution to the Bay Area’s cultural life.

Mr. Klein was born in New York City, into a musical family that included members of the Claremont and Budapest String Quartets. He began cello studies at age four with his father, Irving Klein, founder of the Claremont Quartet. His mother, Elaine Hartong Klein, danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.  Since 1984, he has been Director of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Held in San Francisco each June, the Competition has become one of the most prominent in the world, featuring prizes totaling over $25,000, attracting applicants from more than twenty nations annually, and launching numerous major international concert careers.

Cited for his “keen judgment, tight orchestral discipline, feeling for tempo, and unerring control,” Maestro Klein has conducted many significant world, American, and West Coast premieres, including works by Bohuslav Martinu, Meyer Kupferman, Joan Tower, Hans Kox, George Barati, Benjamin Lees, Giancarlo Aguilanti, Melissa Hui, Rodion Shchedrin, Brian Holmes, Ron Miller, Lee Actor, Alvin Brehm, and Margaret Garwood. He has appeared frequently on national and international broadcasts, including National Public Radio, the Voice of America, the WFMT Fine Arts Network, PBS Television, and KQED television. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, violist Patricia Whaley. Their daughter, Elizabeth, lives and works in New York City.

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