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On October 17 and 18th Utah Valley audiences will be delighted to hear a Symphony concert surrounding not just youth performers, but pieces written especially for youngsters (and some written by youngsters) and music celebrating the joys of youth.

The 54th season of the Utah Valley Symphony will feature at each performance a piece by a Spanish composer or someone composing about Spain. To start the Spanish season, "La Boda di Luis Alvarez" by Geromino Gimenez expresses the joy of Luis Alvarez' marriage. The dramatic use of castanets, percussion and brass will evoke images and memories of a happy wedding day in the country of Spain.

Eric Glissmeyer

As part of Utah Valley Symphony's new direction of more collaborations with local artists and groups, Classical 89 radio host Eric Glissmeyer will narrate Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf". Eric Glissmeyer has narrated before with the Symphony nearly 8 years ago with the piece "Tubby the Tuba" and is looking forward to another fun experience with the Utah Valley Symphony.

Six local Young Artists will then perform their concertos with the Utah Valley Symphony. The youngest is Chase Kimball, 14 who attends Springville Junior High. After playing Gershwin's Piano Concerto for two years, he knows how to really bring this piece to life. His father, Will Kimball, is the trombone professor at BYU and his mother, Hillary, is a professional flutist.
Click here for Chase's performance preview & interview. Also, Download Chase Kimball headshot

The next youngest is 16 year old violinist Lauren Blair from Timpview High School. Her intense desire and love to play violin at an early age comes out in the 3rd movement of Mendelssohn's famous Violin Concerto.
Click here for Lauren's performance preview and interview. Also, Download Lauren Blair headshot

Pianist Verina Chen is 18 years old and a Sophmore at Brigham Young University. She most recently placed first in the college division of UMTA piano competition. She will be performing a piece by Robert Schumann wrote and his wife Clara premiered for him; Introduction and Allegro Appassionato. In addition to piano, Verina also has studied viola for ten years.
Click here for Verina's performance preview & interview. Also, Download Verina Chen headshot

Utah Valley University student and French Horn soloist Jenaye Renshaw is 20 years old and has had music in her life ever since she was a little girl growing up in Pleasant Grove. Her honing of her horn sound gave her the honor to compete, and perform in a Graduate level competition for the Southwest Horn Conference earlier this year. She will performing the Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss, who composed it only when he was 17 years old. It is unique as his father was a professional horn player, so Richard included many typical horn calls that he would have heard ever since he was a little boy.
Click here for Jenaye's performance preview & interview. Also, Download Jenaye Renshaw headshot

Pianist John Sargeant is 22 years old residing in Utah Valley and attending Weber State University. He has performed piano concerti with 7 Utah orchestras, including the Utah Symphony twice ('02/'06) & the Utah Valley Symphony ('02). John is the pianist for the Mapleton Chorale and UVU Chamber Choir, and he also plays twice a week at the BYU Skyroom Restaurant. Though you won't hear him perform at the Skyroom Restaurant the 1st movement to Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2.
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Bryan Lew is a 23 year old violist at Brigham Young University, and native of Lehi, who began his viola studies at age 5. Bryan is an active chamber musician, and his group Verdade String Quartet recently won Grand Prize at the Utah Chamber Music Competition in April 2012. As a soloist, Bryan has performed in master classes and recitals in New York, Washington D.C., Quebec City, China, and the Czech Republic. Bryan will be performing the 4th movement from Bloch's Suite for Viola and Orchestra.
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Young Artists concerts Wednesday & Thursday, October 18 & 19, 7:30pm. Provo Covey Center for the Arts.
Tickets $12 Individual - $10 Student/Senior - $6 each for group of 6 people or more. 801-852-7007.

For those who wish they could attend an orchestra concert with their young families, there is an concert for them on Saturday, October 20th at 11am. Utah Valley Symphony will come to Mountain View High School to host a short 30 minute concert featuring "Peter and the Wolf" and 10 year old violinist Rachel Call. After the short performance, instruments from Summerhays will be available in the lobby for children of all ages to come and have a hands-on experience. Musicians will be assisting anyone who would like to try a flute, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, violin, viola or cello.

Click here for pictures from last year's 'Petting Zoo'. Tickets are $10 family or $3 individual. Purchase at the door. Credit cards accepted.

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