Down Art Avenue: Etowah Youth Orchestras to present concert Nov. 3
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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“To everything there is a season….” as the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us in the Bible. Musically speaking, it’s true. The time is just right for Etowah Youth Orchestras’ season’s theme of Latin American music, because the melodies played correspond with EYO’s June 2014 tour to Puerto Rico. For the student musicians, learning the driving rhythms in these dance-like melodies is making music more exciting than ever.

The season is titled “Espiritu Alma” or “Spirit and Soul”. The Fall Formal concert will be Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at Wallace Fine Arts Center at Gadsden State Community College. Four Jacksonville students have places in EYO.

Heavy syncopation and stressing what happens off of the beat create a characteristic sound, according to Mike Gagliardo, EYO Director, along with the use of certain keys and scales to create distinctive sounds. Latin American music, which is very tuneful, expresses the emotions of its people with dramatic moments.

Jacksonville students who were selected after auditions to perform in EYO are Hannah Underhill, First Violin; Elizabeth Keefer, Viola; William Wesley Cain, Alto Clarinet and Bass Clarinet; and Victoria Metcalfe, French Horn. Wendy Hosmer Snellen of Jacksonville has composed a suite of six pieces of Puerto Rican guitar music for the concert, transcribed for the orchestra.

To many listeners, the march is the most irresistible of rhythmic patterns. Marches can lead to fairyland and all sorts of occasions with modern composers’ work, as well as to the battlefield. The “San Lorenzo March” by C.A. Sylva, the official march of the Argentine army, will be in the line-up as well as “Tribute; Those Who Serve”, the band version, by American composer James Grant. “Pirates of the Caribbean” is by German composer Klaus Badelt and Robert Sheldon’s “Danzas Cubanas” containing three Latin-style dances, will also be heard. The orchestra will play Music from “Evita” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, British composer, reflects the life of Eva Peron, who was given the title “Spiritual Leader of Argentina” by the Argentine congress.

This stay in Puerto Rico should add much flavor to the experience. One performance on the island by the students will be in Ponce, most likely in conjunction with the municipal band that performs weekly there on Sunday nights, said Gagliardo. They will be visiting Borqueron Beach, Old San Juan, El Yungue National Forest, La Guancha Boardwalk and other sites.

Other area students in EYO are Madeline Dewsnup, White Plains High School, Second Violin; Kaitlyn Jones, Alexandria High School, Flute; Lauren Reaves, Alexandria High School, Oboe; Lindsey Cain, Alexandria High School, Trumpet; and Nick Wyville, Alexandria High School, Percussion, Principal.

Tickets to the concert are $12, $15, and $19, depending on the seating. For more ticket information, please visit, or purchase tickets in person at the front desk of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts. For more information on the EYO, please visit or call 256 543-2787.
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