Knoxville, TN – The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association (KSYOA) will present TWO winter concerts on Sunday, February 22 at the Tennessee Theatre, featuring all five youth orchestras and the winners of the 2014-15 Concerto Competition. These concerts are sponsored by Scripps Networks Interactive.

1.    The KSYO Winter Concert will take place at 4:30 pm. featuring Preludium, Philharmonia, Sinfonia and Youth Chamber Orchestras. Each Orchestra will perform 6-10 minutes of music under their respective conductor.
2.    The top Youth Orchestra conducted by James Fellenbaum will perform at 7:00 pm featuring the Concerto Competition winners Autumn Arsenault, piano and Jerry Zhou, cello. The Youth Orchestra will perform Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B minor, the first time the students will perform an entire four-movement orchestral work.

Autumn Arsenault is an 8th grader at Temple Baptist Academy. She has played violin in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association for the past eight years, including her position as concertmaster of The Sinfonia Orchestra in 2011-2012.  Autumn began her piano training at age five and is currently a student of Meiling Martin; she also participates in masterclasses with Fay Adams. Autumn has participated in Knoxville Music Teachers Association for two years and has achieved ‘Superior’ both years. She also competed in TAACS District and State Fine Arts Competition on violin, piano, voice, and speech placing first in each category. She won the Tennessee Valley Fair Junior Talent Competition for two years.
Jerry Zhou is a sophomore at Farragut High School and has been a part of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association for four years. In 2011, he was principal cellist of Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2012, he was principal cellist of Sinfonia Orchestra. In 2014, he became co-principal of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. He began his musical journey as a pianist at the age of six under Dr. David Brunell, Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee. Jerry transitioned to cello in the seventh grade to pursue his love for the instrument. Since 2010, He has studied cello under Dr. Wesley Baldwin, Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee. Jerry was principal cellist of the Knox County Honors Orchestra and was a finalist in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2013. In 2014, Jerry won runner-up in the Tennessee Cello Workshop Junior High State Competition where he competed against cellists from across the nation. In 2013 and 2014, Jerry was a winner of the Oak Ridge Youth Aliyah Music Competition.    

Both concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information visit our Parking is free on nights and weekends in the State Street Garage. These concerts are made possible by Scripps Networks Interactive.

The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935.  Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of 75 professional musicians and performs more than 250 programs throughout East Tennessee each season.  Performing in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks and churches, the KSO reaches more than 200,000 people throughout the region each year.

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