Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra returns for three-concert in-person season

Posted on: November 17, 2021

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra has announced details of its 2021-22 season, which will begin on November 21 with the first of three concerts at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance, led by Music Director Vinay Parameswaran. The program will feature Tower’s Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Swanson’s Short Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. COYO’s February 20 and May 3 programs, both also featuring the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, will include Beethoven’s Elegischer Gesang (Elegiac Song) for Chorus and String Orchestra, Mozart’s Misericordias Domine, KV 222, Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat ballet music, Esmail’s She Will Transform You, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. During the 2020-21 season, COYO was unable to hold in-person concerts due to the pandemic. Across that time period, the musicians participated in activities including seminars with Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst; score studies and conversations with composers John Adams, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Jessie Montgomery; audition preparation; and virtual coaching sessions. In June, COYO musicians and coaches met in person at Blossom Music Center for a rehearsal and private performance for friends and family.