CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In honor of the West Virginia Youth Symphony's 60th Anniversary Celebration, Gov. Joe Manchin has proclaimed May 2, 2010, as "John Lambros Day." Lambros was a longtime conductor of the youth orchestra, in addition to serving many years as concertmaster for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The Youth Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clay Center.
During the festivities, the group will establish the "Robert Turizziani Principal Clarinet Chair" and will give a distinguished-service award to Thomas Beal. Turizziani has been the music director and conductor of the youth group since 1997, and Beal was president of the organization from 1998 to 2008.
Performances will be given by all of the organization's youth ensembles, Cadet Strings, Youth Strings, Youth Winds, Wind Ensemble and Youth Orchestra.
The Symphony comprises more than 105 musicians from the region, ranging in age from 8 to 20. There are 14 graduating high school seniors among the Youth Orchestra musicians.
French horn player Julia Dombek, winner of the 2009-2010 WVYS Concerto Competition, will perform Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat.
Matthew Jackfert, a former West Virginia Youth Symphony tuba player, has composed a piece that will be premiered by the Youth Orchestra. Jackfert is studying at West Virginia University.
John Shuffle will sing "The West Virginia Hills" in honor and memory of the fallen miners. Shuffle will be accompanied by pianist Debbie Gross.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for students and can be purchased at the door.
For more information, contact Marjorie Cooke at 304-561-3542 or visit www.wvyouthsymphony.org.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.