Empire State Youth Orchestra presents
ESYO Symphony Orchestra featuring Concerto Competition Winner
Apr 21 3:00PM
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ESYO Symphony Orchestra featuring Concerto Competition Winner

Breathe: Resonance and Restraint: Tonight, our program explores the theme of "Breathe: Resonance and Restraint," reflecting on the subtle interplay between collective celebration and individual struggle in artistic expression. From Jessie Montgomery's "Hymn For Everyone," where voices and instruments intertwine in a shared breath of unity, to Paul Creston's "Concertino" for marimba and orchestra, with its intimate dialogue between soloist and ensemble, and finally, to Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, where each note carries the weight of artistic defiance, we delve into the essence of creative breath. Montgomery's "Hymn For Everyone" lays the groundwork for our exploration, capturing the essence of collective unity and shared song with grace. Through dynamic interplay, the music evokes a communal breath, celebrating the joy of harmony in quiet resonance. Creston's "Concertino" shifts our focus to individual expression, with the marimba engaging in a delicate dance with the orchestra. Here, breath takes on a singular, intimate quality, reflecting the nuanced experience of self-expression within the collective symphony. In Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, we confront the sobering reality of artistic struggle under oppressive conditions. Each note bears the weight of defiance, encapsulating the tension between creative freedom and external constraints where the very act of artistic breath is challenged. Shostakovich's work serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. In "Breathe: Resonance and Restraint," we invite you to explore the quiet resonance of collective unity, the intimate dance of individual expression, and the enduring power of artistic defiance. As we navigate this musical journey, may the echoes of shared celebration and quiet perseverance linger, reminding us of the timeless pursuit of artistic expression.

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