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Oakland Youth Orchestra and the MUSE Program

May 18, 2011


I was extremely pleased with Sunday's premiere of Postcards From Mexico by the Oakland Youth Orchestra (OYO), a new orchestral work. Under the baton of Maestro Bryan Nies, the performance was masterful. The musicianship and artistry of the OYO students was clearly evident by the performance of this work and others on the program.

What made the afternoon particularly special was the participation of students from the MUSE program, one of Oakland East Bay Symphony's outreach programs to develop young musicians from the local community. Under the direction of Kathryn Lyles, students from the MUSE program learned to play specific parts from the third movement of the work. Yesterday, they proved themselves and it was rewarding to see them play alongside the OYO students. My congratulations go out to OYO, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the MUSE musician volunteers, and all the students for a concert I will long remember. A special thanks to my friends and colleagues who came to celebrate with me the premiere of Postcards from Mexico. To hear excerpts of the work, please click here and play a) La Llorona b) El Pajaro Carpintero or c) Jalisco. (Note: These are electronic renditions of these pieces)