Members of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Orchestra (SFYSO) prepare for their moonlight performance Sunday at White Sands National Monument. Courtesy photo
Sunday, May 4, the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Orchestra (SFYSO) performed in a concert under the moonlight at White Sands National Monument.
Three Los Alamos High School musicians currently play with the SFYSO. SFYSO, under the direction of Mr. William Waag, joined the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestras, under the direction of Mr. Andy Moran, for the classical music performance.
Guest conductor Dr. Christopher Hughes, Director of Instrumental Studies at New Mexico State University, conducted the combined ensembles in “Chanson du Toreador” from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” The performance, set amongst the sand dunes, was the first in a series of special full moon programs in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, coming up in 2016.
The SFYSO is a part of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, which is dedicated to training young northern New Mexico musicians in ensemble settings that include string and symphony orchestras, and jazz and mariachi ensembles.
On Saturday, May 9, SFYSA presents its 2nd Annual Paw Pageant, “The Dog Show for Every Dog” at the Santa Fe Rail Yard Park. Registration and music performance will begin at 10:30 a.m. and dog show activities begin at 11 a.m. and include six different “competitive” events.