World War I: A Centenary Perspective Concert – Tickets Now Available!

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The Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO)
in collaboration with
The Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra (YMF)

World War I: A Centenary Perspective
January 10, 2016
7:30 PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Concert Highlights:

U.S. Premiere of
by British Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage
Commissioned to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of WWI

“The Inextinguishable”
Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony
composed during World War I

“The Unanswered Question”
by American Composer Charles Ives
exploring questions about war that go unanswered


October 12, 2015 – Tickets are now available to purchase online for the World War I: A Centenary Perspective Concert presented by the Orange County Youth Symphony, music director and conductor Daniel Alfred Wachs,  in collaboration with Young Musicians Foundation, music director and conductor Yuga Cohler.

The concert is part of a weeklong Centenary Perspective event which will explore the musical and artistic response to wartime through two OCYSO and YMF collaborative concert performances, including a major orchestral performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) as part of the LA PHIL’s Sounds About Town series.

British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s work Passchendaele will be given its U.S. premiere at the Walt Disney Concert Hall concert. This work was commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the war and comes on the heels of two previous works the composer has written about WWI.  “The main thing the centenary should do is make you think for yourself,” the composer says. “The young musicians that will play the piece in Birmingham and L.A. are very distant from the First World War, but they should know what happened and make their own minds up for their generation.”

The other works on the program include Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, “The Inextinguishable” which was composed during World War I, and Charles Ives’s well-known “The Unanswered Question” drawing us into the exploration and questions about war that go unanswered, encouraging one to explore their own response to war. In the words of composer Nielsen, “Music is life, and, like life, inextinguishable.”

Prior to the WDCH performance, there will be a symposium featuring a distinguished panel of guests presented by LA’s Central Library downtown in the Mark Taper Auditorium from 2:00-4:00PM. The discussion will feature distinguished WWI historian and Professor at Chapman University Dr. Jennifer Keene, acclaimed poet, Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC and former chairman of the NEA Dana Gioia, renowned British composer featured on the WDCH program Mark-Anthony Turnage and (TBD), literary and musical perspectives, the discussion will take us on a journey through the deep artistic responses to war.

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