Wiltonian Johnny Shiller will be playing cello and Jason Garrelick will be on trombone when the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra presents its spring concert on Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at the Scotts Ridge Middle School auditorium in Ridgefield. The concert will feature performances by the three WCYO ensembles, comprised of 85 young musicians from 12 towns in Connecticut and New York.
The orchestra will be celebrating nine years under the music direction of Petko Dimitrov and welcoming in new Music Director Eric Mahl who will begin his tenure this summer. Works on the program include The Youth Symphony by Rachmaninoff, Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, works by Georges Bizet, the concert band works Voices of the Sky by Samuel Hazo, El Relicario by Jose Padilla, and an overture on themes from The Wizard of Oz.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and students, $10 for seniors and children under 12, and will be available at the door on the day of the event. Attendees are invited to stay for a post-concert reception honoring Dimitrov and Mahl.
Auditions for all three ensembles will take place June 3, 4 and 5 at Scotts Ridge Middle School.