Thanks in part to support from New Music USA, CYSO partnered with Third Coast Percussion to create a video recording of David T. Little’s RADIANT CHiLD. CYSO’s Encore Chamber Orchestra, made up of high school aged musicians, had the unique opportunity to work closely with Third Coast Percussion to perfect this work both in live performance and in a professional video recording.
On December 7, 2014, the ensembles gave just the second public performance of RADIANT CHiLD to an appreciative audience at the Harris Theater in Chicago. An audio recording of the concert will be available for download shortly on CYSO’s Instant Encore page (www.instantencore.com/cyso). Then on December 9, the musicians, led by Music Director Allen Tinkham, created a video recording of the piece. The video was completed in April 2015 is now available to view on YouTube at this link.
In addition to their work with the Encore Chamber Orchestra, Third Coast Percussion also performed original compositions written by students in CYSO’s Composition Seminar during a special workshop. This gave young composers the unique opportunity to write for percussion ensemble, hear their works performed by professional musicians, and get direct feedback from those musicians. A picture from the workshop is included in this post.
As an organization committed to the education of young musicians, this project offered CYSO a great opportunity to not only bring new music to the stage and beyond, but also provide students with the unique experience of creating a studio recording. CYSO’s artistic staff ensure that CYSO students can be successful 21st-century musicians, should they choose to pursue music as a career, by programming contemporary works, performing in renowned concert halls, collaborating with leading musicians, and encouraging teamwork, personal responsibility and communication skills.