MAYO’s Musical Legends II

The right note can sometimes be as hard to hit as an inside curve.

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Photo: Kenji Kuryama

A view of the landscape of Guanacaste, Costa Rica that inspired composition contest winner Kenji Kuryama.

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Musical Arts Youth Orchestra Musical Legends II – Concert Showcase

World premiere of Kenji Kuryama’s “Guanacaste Fanfare,” Concerto in Dm by Lalo with competition winner Gabe Martins and Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.”


Bloomington High School North 3901 N. Kinser Pike Bloomington, IN

April 25, 2011 at 7 pm

$5 suggested donation

The world of classical music can be as cooperative and competitive as any sport, with plenty of individual effort and team play. The Musical Arts Youth Orchestra’s Musical Legends series showcases both.

The concert features the premiere of Kenji Kuriyama’s composition competition winner Guanacaste Fanfare. The soloist in Edouard Lalo’s Concerto in d minor is concerto composition winner Gabe Martins.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty members Don Freund and David Dzubay were advisers for the composition completion. “We had six worthy selections to choose from,” said Freund, “and we narrowed the choices to two for the orchestra to read through. Then there was a vote by the students and their coaches.”

The Composer

Composer Kenji Kuriyama is a graduate student in composition in the Jacobs School of Music. His Guanacaste Fanfare didn’t begin in the form that the audience will hear on the twenty-fifth. “I had been working on a piece for clarinets. I like to combine Asian melodies with Latin rhythms; what I was working on fit the contest’s proposal for an ‘upbeat, lively’ piece, so I went to work and recast it for orchestra. I was very pleased that it made the cut, and even happier when the votes came in and it was selected.”

The Conductor

The director and conductor for the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra, Jose Valencia, is finishing his fifth year with the group. “I enjoy working with young musicians. Life is more colorful and exciting when music is part of its fabric. I’m especially pleased that they are having the chance to play these brand new pieces, pieces that are written by composers who aren’t much older than they are.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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