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BC Junior Haesoo Yoon Selected to Join Prestigious Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

group will perform nov. 2 at boston’s symphony hall

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (October 2015)—Accomplished violist Haesoo Yoon—a BC Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences junior who has an impressive musical performance background—will take the stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Monday, November 2, as a new member of the prestigious Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Under the baton of Benjamin Zander—renowned conductor of both the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and BPYO, and a guest conductor around the world—the free, public concert will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Haesoo Yoon
Boston College junior Haesoo Yoon

“To be a member of the BPYO is to be a part of an extraordinary youth symphony under the one and only maestro, Benjamin Zander,” said Yoon, an art history major with a philosophy minor who joined the group this fall. “I am incredibly thrilled to play at Symphony Hall. I hope everyone can come to our free concert, because it will really be worth every second.”

The BPYO’s 112 members—chosen through a highly-selective audition process—range in age from 12 to 21. They reside or attend school throughout New England, and rehearse together on Saturdays.

The November 2 program comprises Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with violinist Ayano Ninomiya, Debussy’s La mer, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Zander said of the orchestra’s return to Symphony Hall, where the BPYO last performed in April: “We have put together a program rich in contrasts, from the verve of Ruslan and Ludmila to the wit and surprising pathos of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, then the iridescent, infinite variety of La mer, and finally the rich, dramatic spiritual journey of the Tchaikovsky Fifth, from the depths of depression to a pinnacle of exaltation.”

Yoon has high praise for the conductor: “I believe one of the most unique aspects of BPYO is Mr. Zander himself. His choice of repertoire is special because unlike other youth orchestras, BPYO performs more of contemporary music—a genre that is Mr. Zander’s favorite, I think, and one that is more open to interpretation and freedom which requires more professional experience from the players. Individuality is a common theme in BPYO under his guidance, as he also conducts in a European style that encourages every individual to play freely and expressively, yet musically stay all together as an ensemble.

“I have never had such freedom and responsibility as a musician in an orchestra before, counting my nine years of experience in orchestras,”  added Yoon, who began playing the viola in second grade. A former member of the BC Chamber Music Society, she believes the BPYO will be one of her last experiences to play in a pre-professional music group.

“I am so thankful for this chance to play with all the talented members who awe me every rehearsal. The members of BPYO really serve as an inspiration for me. This orchestra experience without a doubt will expand my comfort zone in the classical music.”

Formed in 2012, the BPYO has established itself as a significant feature in the cultural and educational fabric of Boston and beyond, its principals note. Among its venues, the orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall, and toured Europe last summer.

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