Joyful Ode to America Concludes Season for Young Musicians of Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings!

PSSSPacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS), made up of talented instrumentalists in grades 6-9, have been busy planning for their energy-infused season finale—an afternoon of “Home Grown” music from their own backyard! Experience a wave of Americana through the folk tunes and masterworks that built the nation’s classical canon—from a picture of life in early America called “Fantasy on Simple Gifts,” to the more modern, rollicking music of “West Side Story.” This performance presented by these high-achieving musicians will be sure to amaze and inspire with a program that includes Brian Balmages’ “Point Lookout” (A Fantasy on Civil War Songs); Aaron Copland’s “Grover’s Corner” from “Our Town”; Joshua Reznicow’s “American Sketches” (A Fantasy for String Orchestra); Leonard Bernstein’s “Danzon” from “Fancy Free,” plus, “One Hand, One Heart” and “America” from “West Side Story,” and Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing."

PSSSLed by PSSS Music Director Irene Kroesen under the artistic advisement of Music Director Carl St.Clair, the concert takes place Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Admission to this concert is free and seating is open. Admission to this concert is free, but tickets are required. To reserve, call (714) 755-5799 or CLICK HERE.

“I am very excited about our upcoming concert!” exclaims Kroesen. “The theme of our concert is ‘Home Grown,’ and the entire concert program is music of American composers. It’s also a loose anthology of American folk tunes, including the Shaker hymn, ‘Simple Gifts’; American Civil Wars songs, like ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic, ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’ and ‘America the Beautiful.’ Also included are pieces representing two of the most famous and popular composers, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, and we end with a jazz classic!"

PSSSAll are invited to come support and enjoy the impressive talent of these youngest members of the Symphony’s youth ensembles during this feel-good, hand-to-heart season finale! PSSS represents 30 schools in and beyond Orange County and provides an experience that nurtures the confidence, poise and musical sensitivity of young musicians through the study and performance of outstanding string orchestra literature. After a season of working hard to grow and sharpen their skills, Santiago Strings’ final concert of the season is always an opportunity for the students to show off a little!

“Many members of PSSS were not familiar with several of the traditional American folk tunes,” points out Kroesen, “but they are exceptional players who are consistently prepared at each rehearsal, demonstrate a positive attitude toward learning and are completely engaged in making music. Exposing them to jazz has been a wonderful journey.  They have grown tremendously in their performance of ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ by Louis Prima."