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Young People's Symphony Orchestra

Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) was founded in Berkeley, California, in 1936 by Jessica Marcelli, a conductor who had to create the space for her own career because women were not widely accepted in such roles at the time. This strength and resilience still shows. Eighty-six years later, YPSO is led by Maestro David Ramadanoff and has grown to become a well-established advanced-level youth orchestra in the SF Bay Area, with a mission to guide young musicians to achieve excellence within an orchestral setting.

*Programming and artists subject to change, please refer to the participating organization’s calendar listing for the most up-to-date program.

Performance Times

Saturday November 4th, 7:30PM


California Festival

Commissioned to celebrate Young People's Symphony Orchestra's 85th Anniversary in 2022, Rhapsody On A Windy Night was composed by Jeremy Cavaterra, a California-based musician who attended Manhattan School of Music, and is YPSO's Composer in Residence.
Rhapsody On A Windy Night, had its US première on May 14, 2022. YPSO then took it on their Summer European tour, and the piece had its European premiere in Leipzig, Prague, and in Vienna the following month. A fun and exciting piece to play, the work helps keep the orchestra's repertoire infused with the classical and the contemporary.



Program Notes

"One of the great concepts of introducing new music to both the ensemble and the audience is that it makes us think, and it makes us feel. There has been no ground tread by generations of scholars telling us how we should hear the music, and how we should dissect it. The auditory experience is completely our own—and that sense of freedom is immense and powerful. What a great way to set the pace for future musicians.” (excerpt from the Program Notes for YPSO May 2022 Concert)

Jeremy Cavaterra has established himself as a very busy composer and pianist in the US and abroad. Born in New York City in 1971 and educated at Manhattan School of Music, he now lives in California. From 2010 to 2018 he was Composer in Residence for The Salastina Society chamber music series in Los Angeles. Since 2018 he has been Composer in Residence for YPSO.

Jeremy's work spans the range of ensembles from solo instrumental, vocal and choral, chamber, through symphonic orchestral works. Other recent premieres include Nemeton, for oboe and strings; Capriccio Concertante for clarinet, strings, and harp; Lost Coast, commissioned and performed by the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose; and Ascent to the Sierras, a symphonic tone poem commissioned by YPSO.



Young People's Symphony Orchestra: Rhapsody on a Windy Night