The Children’s Orchestra Society’s (COS) Young Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of maestro and music director Michael Dadap, featuring 43 young talented musicians will be performing its 21st Annual Discovery Gala Concert at Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. Floral Park resident Katherine Morell, 15, will be performing in the viola section.
COS was founded by Dr. H.T. Ma and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “teaching the language of music” to children and teens. Their mission is to cultivate and nurture children and teach them teamwork and life skills through music learning and performing in orchestral and chamber music settings.
The Children’s Orchestra Society consists of four youth orchestras on varying levels and ages, chamber music ensembles as well as musicianship classes.
The Young Symphonic Ensemble is the top orchestra of COS, with members from age 12 to 18, drawing its highly talented members from the New York City Metropolitan area.
The program will feature virtuoso violinist Byung-Kook Kwak performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. The Young Symphonic Ensemble will also perform Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet, and COS’s 2015 Senior Discovery Awardees Alexandra Wong will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Bassist Jakob Messinetti will perform the Bottesini Bass Concerto. This performance is made possible, in part, through generous grants from the Amerasia Bank, the David Aronow Foundation, the Bodman Foundation, the Long Island Community Trust, Franklin Family Fund and the Bernstein Family Foundation.
Visit www.childrensorch.org for information about the Children’s Orchestra Society. Tickets can be purchased for $50 ($35 for seniors and students) by calling 212-772-4448. For gala tickets call 347-542-3308.