The three-tier Youth Orchestras program under the auspices of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music will present a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday at Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave. Admission is free and open to the public.
The program will also feature a 150-voice mass choir composed of the Morningside College Choir, Morningside Bel Canto Women's Chorus and the Morningside Singing Men, plus the members of the Siouxland Master Chorale directed by Timothy Watson.
The orchestra and chorus will perform Mozart's "Regina Coeli" and "Ave Verum Corpus" under Watson's direction and the program will conclude with the "Finale from Act II" of Verdi's "Aida" with Joseph Shufro conducting the mass chorus and orchestra.
Also featured on the program will be Siouxland Youth Symphony Soloists Competition winner Lindsey O'Halloran performing the "Piano Concerto in A Minor" by Edvard Grieg with the orchestra. O'Halloran is also the orchestra's principal flute.
The Siouxland Youth Symphony will perform the "Polka" and "Dance of the Comedians" from Smetana's "Bartered Bride," and the "Suite from Rodeo," by the American composer Aaron Copland.
The Youth Symphony Orchestra is the advanced level ensemble under the auspices of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, an arm of the Morningside College Department of Music. It is composed of instrumental students of a wide range of ages including students from Morningside College. Shufro has been the conductor since 1991.
The Sunday program will begin with the Siouxland Symphonette, the elementary level string ensemble. The Symphonette is under the direction of Heather Schmedinghoff. The Symphonette program features Offenbach's "Can-Can" music and Bizet's "Farandole." The group will also perform "Gavotte," by J.S. Bach.
The intermediate level orchestra, the Siouxland Philharmonia directed by Eleanor May-Patterson, follows the Symphonette, performing an arrangement of Rossini's "William Tell Overture," Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italienne" and Holst's "St. Paul Suite."