By Michael P. Neufeld
UPDATE – Friday, February 8 – 2 p.m.
Mountain Communities – The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its two free concerts this weekend.
In fact, the PYSO has also cancelled its annual retreat planned for Big Bear Lake due to concerns for the safety of the orchestra students. The concerts had been planned for Big Bear Lake on February 9 and in Lake Arrowhead February 10.
A memo sent to the two sponsoring organizations — The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley and Arrowhead Arts Association — indicates PYSO hopes to reschedule the trip at a later date “when we can travel to Big Bear safely, without fear or concern for our students.”
Mountain Communities – The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) is heading to the mountains!
The PYSO is made up of over 200 students, from some 45 different schools, who audition to join the prestigious program, which is designed specifically for middle school students. The orchestra is comprised of students from grades six through nine who receive advanced instruction and challenging opportunities though a rigorous program that emphasizes ensemble playing and includes a minimum of three annual concerts.
The PYSO is under the direction of music director and conductor Jack Taylor and is a well-traveled group.
FEBRUARY 9 – BIG BEAR
The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley will host the Saturday, February 9, concert at 2 p.m.at the Performing Arts Center, located at 39707 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake.
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served following the performance.
“We hope many people will take the opportunity to come and enjoy these talented young people who have embraced music as an important part of their lives,” the Council’s Director of Performing Arts Barbara King stated in a media release.
With over 70 young musicians in the Youth Symphony Orchestra, the afternoon concert will include selections by Beethoven, Corelli, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.
For information about the Big Bear Lake concert call (909) 585-5916 or visit ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG BEAR VALLEY online.
FEBRUARY 10 – LAKE ARROWHEAD
The Arrowhead Arts Association hosts the Sunday, February 10, concert at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, located at 27626 Rim of the World Drive in Lake Arrowhead.
Admission to the concert is free with doors opening at 1:30 p.m.
“It’s a concert by young people for young people — and adults, too,” Arrowhead Arts spokesperson Barbara Doutt stated in a press release.
For additional information about the Lake Arrowhead concert call (909) 336-4796 or visit ARROWHEAD ARTS ASSOCIATION online.