The Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony we welcome its new artistic director and conductor when it opens its 2015-2016 season Sunday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts.Kevin McMahon, who is in his sixth season as music director and conductor of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the SAYS Concert Orchestra while a search continues for a replacement for previous director Debbie Williamson.
Tickets will be available at the door prior to the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Children 5 and younger are free.
The concert orchestra will begin its portion of the concert with a concert suite of music from “Dances With Wolves” arranged by Steven L. Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus had a premiere given by the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and was in town for that event.
The program will continue with educational composer Vaclav Nelhybel and his work for orchestra “A Mighty Fortress,” a work based around Martin Luther’s chorale tune from the 1590s. A brass quintet will be the featured ensemble this trimester.
The program will continue with more movie music - Aaron Copland’s “Our Town,” led by Susan Zeuske, the SAYS Sinfonia director.
The program will close with Leidig’s arrangement of the fourth movement of Antonín Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”
Sinfonia, an intermediate-level full orchestra with students from Sheboygan County, will open the concert with the Aragonaise from George Bizet’s opera “Carmen.” The second piece, “Cumberland Cross” by Carl Strommen, begins with a chorale and then leaps into a hoe-down type section, then returns to the beginning chorale. Mozart’s “The Sleigh Ride” will follow, arranged by Philip Gordon and conducted by McMahon. Sinfonia will bring its portion of the concert to a close with the sounds of The Great Gate of Kiev and Hopak by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, arranged by Edmund Siennicki.
Sinfonia is directed by Susan Zeuske, band instructor in the Howards Grove School district and private oboe instructor.
The Sheboygan Symphony has expanded its youth programs and now consists of 130 musicians in grades four through 12, representing 19 different communities, 29 different schools and home school groups from throughout Sheboygan County.