Napa Valley Youth Symphony will introduce its new artistic director and conductor, Tristan Arnold, at its season opener on Sunday, Nov. 9.
The concert is at 3 p.m. at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Tickets are $25 each and available at LincolnTheater.com or by calling the box office at 707-944-9900.
Chris Carpenter, Napa Valley Youth Symphony board chairman, said Arnold “is bringing a new level of commitment and electricity to the whole organization.”
In addition to his work with the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, Arnold is currently in his fourth year as the director of music at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. He also directs the Preparatory Orchestra of the Santa Rosa Symphony and is assistant conductor of the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County.
He traveled to London in summer of 2014 as a travel scholar for American Public Media’s “London Rhapsody” tour. His writing has been published in Strings Magazine and Music Educators Journal.
Tristan’s initial musical training was on violin and trombone before taking up the double bass, which he continues to play in all contexts from classical to bluegrass. He studied music education and music criticism at Northwestern University and received a Master of Music degree in conducting from San Francisco State, where he served as interim director of the San Francisco State University wind ensemble and assistant conductor of the orchestra.
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The orchestra will perform three works, including Mendelssohn’s overture, “The Hebrides,” which Arnold says “ignited a love for Mendelssohn’s music that is with me today,” having played it as a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.
“It’s hard for me to imagine a more perfectly structured piece than ‘The Hebrides,’” he said. “It covers a lot of different ground in 10 minutes, but never seems overly cluttered.”
Also on the concert are Faureé’s “Masques et Bergamasques” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, “The Drum Roll.” Arnold said working with the orchestra has been a pure joy since he began rehearsals in August.
“While I love working with all ages, from beginning musicians to seasoned adults, this age and level is a pure joy to work with. They aren’t so experienced that they are set in their ways, but with just a little bit of elbow grease that can accomplish truly extraordinary musical feats. I feel extremely privileged to get to make music with them.”
The program also includes performances by the Napa Valley Youth Symphony’s two training orchestras, Sinfonia and Wind Sinfonia.
For more information online visit NVYSO.org.