The Napa Valley Youth Symphony (NVYS) presents a concert celebrating music education in the Wine Country on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m., at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
Two training orchestras, The Preparatory Orchestra of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sinfonia of Napa Valley Youth Symphony, start the evening with a program of classical arrangements, including the Russian Sailor’s Dance from “The Red Poppy” and Handel’s La Rejouissance from “Music for Royal Fireworks.” Both groups train under the baton of artistic director Tristan Arnold.
The spotlight then turns to the two winners of this year’s Napa Valley Youth Symphony concerto competition who will perform concerto movements.
Juliana Tran is the soloist for the Viola Concerto in C Minor in the style of J.C. Bach by Casadesus. Tran began playing the viola at the age of 9 while in elementary school. Today, she attends American Canyon High School as a sophomore. She enjoyed working on and performing the J.C. Bach Viola Concerto because it conveys a dramatic, yet powerful, tone. In the future, Juliana hopes to continue the viola by joining more groups and meeting new people.
Zia Calpito performs Capuzzi’s Concerto in F Major for Double Bass. Calpito started taking piano lessons she was 4 years old in Singapore and eventually picked up violin, however, the double bass ended up being her main instrument. Today, she is a junior at Rodriguez High School; in addition to playing the double bass she also is a violinist and has composed several operas. She enjoys the piece she’s selected as it is somewhat operatic and theatrical, featuring note jumps that are fun to play and to listen to.
The concert concludes with NVYS performing Franz Schubert’s Sixth Symphony, a work turning 200 years old but still as fresh as the day the 21-year-old Schubert put pen to paper, according to Arnold.