News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Meaden & Moore

Akron General


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Arts and Entertainment




Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Tours Europe
First international tour in the ensemble's 26-year history
by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Vivian Goodman
 
The young musicians rehearsing at Severance Hall before their send-off concert last weekend.
Courtesy of Vivian Goodman
Download (WKSU Only)
On Tour:

Seventy-five Clevelanders are embarking for Europe to play Brahms, Elgar, Dvorak and Wagner in some of its finest concert halls. It’s not the legendary Cleveland Orchestra, but it’s close. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra rehearses and performs at Severance Hall and Cleveland Orchestra members teach, coach and lead the ensemble. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports this will be its first international tour.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (5:42)


Only a few top-tier orchestras have youth orchestras. Cleveland’s was established 26 years ago and like its parent orchestra it has risen to prominence. It was one of only five chosen in 1998 for the National Youth Orchestra Festival at Interlochen. In 2001, it was invited to play Carnegie Hall, and in 2009, they played four concerts in Boston.

But other youth orchestras have toured Europe while the Cleveland group  is just getting around to it.

Kevin Ritenour plays percussion. “It’s definitely a momentous occasion.In COYO’s 26th year we’re finally going to Europe for the first time. And I think that’s amazing. This is personally my first trip to Europe so I’m very excited about it and I think it will be a great trip.”

Kevin is 18, and just out of Akron’s Archbishop Hoban High School. Since fifth grade, he’s had a private teacher. That’s a requirement for all members of the orchestra. They are also required to play in their school orchestras and rehearse for more than 4 hours every weekend at Severance Hall. 

This is Kevin’s third season with the youth orchestra,  but it’s long been part of the family.  His brother Sean is an alum, also plays percussion, and he’s going along to Europe as an extra player and chaperone. 

It’s really great. He’s eight years older than me so this is the first time we’ve been able to play together, so it’s going to be great.” 

He’s also  looking forward to seeing the Musikverein in Vienna “ The mecca of music around the world. And it’ll be great to see such an historic place.” 

COYO  won’t play the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic, but they’ll get a guided tour. The youth orchestra’s concert in Vienna Monday night will be at the Minoritenkirche, a 13th century Gothic cathedral.  Wednesday morning, they’ll visit Mozart’s birthplace, and that night in Salzburg they’ll perform at the Mozarteum.

Alumni of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra now play in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, Germany, New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, and 17 other professional orchestras including Cleveland’s.

They  also include celebrated soloists like cellist Alicia Weilerstein, pianist Orion Weiss, and violinist Rebecca Fischer.

Not all the members of the orchestra are going on tour; only 75 out of the 99 young musicians are going.  Thirty received financial assistance to make the trip.

I’m Vivian Goodman, 89-7, WKSU

 


Related Links & Resources
COYO website

Listener Comments:

Congratulations Emily! I am so happy for you! Can't wait to hear all about the trip and the concerts. I hope you have a good instrument to play. Thanks again for helping out the 5th graders at the concerts!

I listen to the reports on WKSU everyday!


Posted by: Dr. Mary Kay Pieski (Tallmadge, Ohio) on June 20, 2012 7:06AM
Thank you for these updates!! This allows us to follow along with our cellist daughter - hannah moses - who is on tour with COYO. We read/listen to these updates with great excitement!


Posted by: Marlene moses (Stow Ohio) on June 18, 2012 7:06AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook


Support for COYO 2012 provided by:

Diebold and The Noble Foundation





Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio lawmakers propose grants for home construction for disabled people
We have been trying to have a "Visitability Bill" passed for years. Thanks, Greg

Lake County crimes may give Trump immigration fodder
Shoddy reporting at best. "Mixed views" The question that came to my mind was, "How many people did he have to interview to get "mixed views". Do the two peo...

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announces plans to improve Medicare by lowering prescription costs for seniors
Sounds good. I'm living in Florida to escape the snow. So far it's working. I retired from GM in 2000. Keep pushing for all the working people. In the long run ...

The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existence
Thank you for this story. I grew up in Limaville, my parents home is there still...unsellable due to the septic/sewer problem. Sometimes I am sorry I left...wis...

Where Ohio'sJohn Kasich stands in the presidential polls
We are fans of Gov. Kasich since he served in the House of Representatives. It pleases us to finally see him as the potential President of the United States. We...

Cleveland hosts the first national Movement for Black Lives conference
What a wonderful experience this was, So much love and understanding, without all of the other distractions that tend to come with organizing for change, this e...

Air Force unit gets training and Youngstown gets rid of some eyesores
Do they have to totally destroy all the beautiful oak and leaded windows, which I am thinking are probably there? Do they just have to destroy them like that? C...

Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Each time I saw the young students relate to each other, I got goose bumps. These young students can and hopefully will teach all of us to live and respect eac...

One of the Cleveland Orchestra's most celebrated musicians bids farewell
I had the honor of studying with Franklin Cohen in the late 80s and early 90s. He is unparalleled both as a clarinetist and as a musician. His deep personal war...

Summa's dress code is not 'etched in stone'
SOME OF THESE POLICIES ARE A COMPLETE JOKE. UNLESS YOU ARE DOING THESE TYPE OF JOBS EVERY DAY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS COMFORTABLE AND REASONABLE OR NOT. UNLESS ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University