June 25, 2012 – Peninsula Young Artists and Local Musicians at St. Fergal’s R.C. Church

Peninsula Young Artists
Sara Salsbury, director
Monday, June 25, 2012
8:00pm
St. Fergal’s Roman Catholic Church
Killarney Road
Bray, Ireland (map)

€10 entrance to aid the Church

Program scheduled to include…
Marche Militaire #1 — Franz Schubert
Soirees Musicales — Rossini / arr. Benjamin Britten
“Waltz” from Masquerade Suite — Aram Khachaturian
“Hoe-Down” from Rodeo — Aaron Copland
Tribute to Henry Mancini — arr. Calvin Custer
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — Hans Zimmer
Battle Cry and Jig (newly commissioned work) — Ron Miller
Duke Ellington!
Lord of the Dance
…and more!

Founded in 1997, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra is based in Redwood City, CA, and is the only youth orchestra program serving San Mateo County. Over 400 young musicians are currently enrolled in PYO’s rigorous sequential orchestra education program that has been twice recognized by the California Arts Council.  PYO attributes its success to overwhelming support from its families and local music teachers, coupled with an artistic program conceived by its founding conductors, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Sara Salsbury, and implemented by its outstanding staff of professional musicians and educators.  Tonight we hear the Peninsula Young Artists, the advanced level preparatory orchestra, under the direction of Sara Salsbury.  The Peninsula Young Artists have performed in Carnegie Hall (2004), The Mozart 2006 Festival in Austria (2006), the Pre-Olympic Festival in China (2008), and the inaugural Los Angeles Orchestra Festival in Walt Disney Concert Hall (2010).

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra reflects and enhances the cultural diversity of its community by bringing together student musicians to rehearse and perform symphonic music in an educational setting.  PYO strives for high musical standards within a supportive environment that encourages enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of music.  PYO enriches the lives of its musicians as they progress through a challenging course of repertoire that prepares them with skills needed to enjoy and pursue music the rest of their lives, either as professional or amateur players.

All PYO musicians study and perform traditional orchestral repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary literature and works by American composers.  PYO received the prestigious 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on a Foreign Tour for its first international tour in Japan in June of 1999.  Commissioned works by local composers are routinely presented as part of its regular programming.  Please visit the PYO website at http://www.peninsulayouthorchestra.org for information about our concerts, auditions and the Peninsula Music Camp held each summer

Sara Salsbury, Peninsula Youth Orchestra co-founder, serves as General Manager for PYO and is also Director of the Preparatory Orchestras, the Peninsula Music Camp, and the Chamber Music program.   She has previously been part of the Instrumental Music Team for the Redwood City School District and a string specialist for the Mountain View CSMA, the Sunnyvale and Mountain View School Districts, Woodside Priory School, and the El Camino Youth Symphony.   She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), The League of American Orchestras, MENC, CMEA and ASTA/CODA. She also serves on the ACSO Board of Directors.  Sara was one of the 1994 recipients of the CAPA Arts Award (Council for the Arts of Palo Alto) for her dedication to music education and youth symphony work.  Sara grew up in Michigan where she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen for many summers.  Sara received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees from DePauw University and her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Stanford University. Sara and her husband Phillip live in Palo Alto where they have raised four sons, all of whom were music majors in college.

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June 23, 2012 – Peninsula Young Artists at the Cathedral Church of St. Canice’s

Peninsula Young Artists
Sara Salsbury, director
Saturday, June 23, 2012
8:00pm
Cathedral Church of St. Canice’s
The Close
Kilkenny, Ireland (map)

This concert is given in aid of local charities

Program scheduled to include…
Marche Militaire #1 — Franz Schubert
Soirees Musicales — Rossini / arr. Benjamin Britten
“Waltz” from Masquerade Suite — Aram Khachaturian
“Hoe-Down” from Rodeo — Aaron Copland
Tribute to Henry Mancini — arr. Calvin Custer
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — Hans Zimmer
Battle Cry and Jig (newly commissioned work) — Ron Miller
Duke Ellington!
Lord of the Dance
…and more!

Founded in 1997, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra is based in Redwood City, CA, and is the only youth orchestra program serving San Mateo County. Over 400 young musicians are currently enrolled in PYO’s rigorous sequential orchestra education program that has been twice recognized by the California Arts Council.  PYO attributes its success to overwhelming support from its families and local music teachers, coupled with an artistic program conceived by its founding conductors, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Sara Salsbury, and implemented by its outstanding staff of professional musicians and educators.  Tonight we hear the Peninsula Young Artists, the advanced level preparatory orchestra, under the direction of Sara Salsbury.  The Peninsula Young Artists have performed in Carnegie Hall (2004), The Mozart 2006 Festival in Austria (2006), the Pre-Olympic Festival in China (2008), and the inaugural Los Angeles Orchestra Festival in Walt Disney Concert Hall (2010).

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra reflects and enhances the cultural diversity of its community by bringing together student musicians to rehearse and perform symphonic music in an educational setting.  PYO strives for high musical standards within a supportive environment that encourages enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of music.  PYO enriches the lives of its musicians as they progress through a challenging course of repertoire that prepares them with skills needed to enjoy and pursue music the rest of their lives, either as professional or amateur players.

All PYO musicians study and perform traditional orchestral repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary literature and works by American composers.  PYO received the prestigious 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on a Foreign Tour for its first international tour in Japan in June of 1999.  Commissioned works by local composers are routinely presented as part of its regular programming.  Please visit the PYO website at http://www.peninsulayouthorchestra.org for information about our concerts, auditions and the Peninsula Music Camp held each summer

Sara Salsbury, Peninsula Youth Orchestra co-founder, serves as General Manager for PYO and is also Director of the Preparatory Orchestras, the Peninsula Music Camp, and the Chamber Music program.   She has previously been part of the Instrumental Music Team for the Redwood City School District and a string specialist for the Mountain View CSMA, the Sunnyvale and Mountain View School Districts, Woodside Priory School, and the El Camino Youth Symphony.   She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), The League of American Orchestras, MENC, CMEA and ASTA/CODA. She also serves on the ACSO Board of Directors.  Sara was one of the 1994 recipients of the CAPA Arts Award (Council for the Arts of Palo Alto) for her dedication to music education and youth symphony work.  Sara grew up in Michigan where she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen for many summers.  Sara received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees from DePauw University and her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Stanford University. Sara and her husband Phillip live in Palo Alto where they have raised four sons, all of whom were music majors in college.

June 21, 2012 – Peninsula Young Artists and Kerry Youth Orchestra at The Malton Hotel

Peninsula Young Artists
Sara Salsbury, director
Thursday, June 21, 2012
8:00pm
Muckross Suite of The Malton Hotel
Town Centre, Killarney
Co. Kerry, Ireland (map)

FREE ADMISSION
Donations accepted to support the Kerry Hospice

Program scheduled to include…
Marche Militaire #1 — Franz Schubert
Soirees Musicales — Rossini / arr. Benjamin Britten
“Waltz” from Masquerade Suite — Aram Khachaturian
“Hoe-Down” from Rodeo — Aaron Copland
Tribute to Henry Mancini — arr. Calvin Custer
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — Hans Zimmer
Battle Cry and Jig (newly commissioned work) — Ron Miller
Duke Ellington!
Lord of the Dance
…and more!

Founded in 1997, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra is based in Redwood City, CA, and is the only youth orchestra program serving San Mateo County. Over 400 young musicians are currently enrolled in PYO’s rigorous sequential orchestra education program that has been twice recognized by the California Arts Council.  PYO attributes its success to overwhelming support from its families and local music teachers, coupled with an artistic program conceived by its founding conductors, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Sara Salsbury, and implemented by its outstanding staff of professional musicians and educators.  Tonight we hear the Peninsula Young Artists, the advanced level preparatory orchestra, under the direction of Sara Salsbury.  The Peninsula Young Artists have performed in Carnegie Hall (2004), The Mozart 2006 Festival in Austria (2006), the Pre-Olympic Festival in China (2008), and the inaugural Los Angeles Orchestra Festival in Walt Disney Concert Hall (2010).

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra reflects and enhances the cultural diversity of its community by bringing together student musicians to rehearse and perform symphonic music in an educational setting.  PYO strives for high musical standards within a supportive environment that encourages enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of music.  PYO enriches the lives of its musicians as they progress through a challenging course of repertoire that prepares them with skills needed to enjoy and pursue music the rest of their lives, either as professional or amateur players.

All PYO musicians study and perform traditional orchestral repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary literature and works by American composers.  PYO received the prestigious 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on a Foreign Tour for its first international tour in Japan in June of 1999.  Commissioned works by local composers are routinely presented as part of its regular programming.  Please visit the PYO website at http://www.peninsulayouthorchestra.org for information about our concerts, auditions and the Peninsula Music Camp held each summer

Sara Salsbury, Peninsula Youth Orchestra co-founder, serves as General Manager for PYO and is also Director of the Preparatory Orchestras, the Peninsula Music Camp, and the Chamber Music program.   She has previously been part of the Instrumental Music Team for the Redwood City School District and a string specialist for the Mountain View CSMA, the Sunnyvale and Mountain View School Districts, Woodside Priory School, and the El Camino Youth Symphony.   She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), The League of American Orchestras, MENC, CMEA and ASTA/CODA. She also serves on the ACSO Board of Directors.  Sara was one of the 1994 recipients of the CAPA Arts Award (Council for the Arts of Palo Alto) for her dedication to music education and youth symphony work.  Sara grew up in Michigan where she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen for many summers.  Sara received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees from DePauw University and her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Stanford University. Sara and her husband Phillip live in Palo Alto where they have raised four sons, all of whom were music majors in college.

Council Rock South Orchestra – March 31, 2012 on the Canon Stage at the Sylvan Theater

Council Rock South Orchestra
Christopher Simon, director
Saturday, March 31, 2012
1:00pm
Canon Stage at the Sylvan Theater
Washington, DC 20024 (map)

Free admission

Program scheduled to include
Music from Up — Michael Giacchino
Danse Macabre — Camille Saint-Saens
William Tell Overture — Gioachino Rossini
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 — Alexandre Desplat
“Jupiter” from The Planets — Gustav Holst

About the artists…
Since its inception in 2002, The Council Rock South Orchestra has performed for over 150 festival, school, neighborhood and overseas concerts. They were recently honored by a special invitation to perform at The White House in December 2011. Last year, conductor Christopher Simon led his 85 member orchestra on an 8-day performance tour of Paris, Nice, and Monaco. In May 2003, the orchestra embarked on a tour ofScotland, performing in notable halls inElgin andEdinburgh. The orchestra’s success inScotland led to performances at the newUnited   StatesConstitutionCenter and at various adjudication festivals where they have consistently earned superior ratings. The CRSO touredItaly in 2007 and performed in concerts inRome, Sienna, Campodarsego, andPadua. In April 2005, the orchestra traveled toBaltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to work with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Comments by BSO’s members echoed the praises by numerous other professional musicians that Council Rock High School South is unique in its ability to draw so much talent from only one school and that Mr. Simon has quickly molded that talent into one of the top high school orchestras inAmerica. The CRSO was chosen by the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform side-by-side in a performance in May 2009. This year, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra invited the CRSO for the second time to join them in a side-by-side concert. The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association invited the orchestra to their conference in 2006, 2009, and this April 2012 as a featured performer. Out of 400 high school orchestras inPennsylvania, the CRSO was the only orchestra chosen in those years.

Five times each year, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Trenton Symphony, Ocean City Pops, and Temple University faculty have given master sectionals for our students in an effort to raise the level of play to spectacular heights. The Orchestra is also host to an Orchestra Festival held in May of each year. The unique festival is the only one of its kind and focuses on promoting the full orchestra concept. The orchestras are adjudicated by a panel of three professional orchestra conductors.

Christopher Simon has been directing orchestras, bands, and jazz bands since 1988, and he was appointed the conductor of the high school orchestras in 2002. Mr. Simon also directs the Chamber Orchestra and teaches classes in music theory, music arranging and jazz improvisation. He received both of his college degrees, Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music in Cello Performance, from Temple University in Philadelphia. His cello studies include lessons with Orlando Cole, Jeff Holm, Grammy Award winning chamber musician Jeffrey Solow and master classes with Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum, the Audobon Quartet, and the Muir Quartet. Mr. Simon performs as a cellist with two professional orchestras: Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, and also as a trombonist with several jazz groups. He regularly gives solo and chamber recitals with his wife, Lisa Simon, a pianist, and currently resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with Lisa and their three children.