“Musical Encounters – YMF Hear & Now.” Members of the Young Musicians Foundation (Alexander Hobbs and Caroline Campos, violins; Lydia Plaut, viola; Claire Park, cello; Lauren Wasynczuk, saxophone; Melissa Maldonado, harp) perform works by Hildegard von Bingen, Antonín Dvořák, Bach/Gounod, Reena Esmail, and Chen Yi.
In 1952 pianist and educator Sylvia Kunin created Young Musical America, a program for the new medium of television. Kunin created the Young Musicians Foundation in 1955 with the assistance of legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and composer Elmer Bernstein. Named after her successful television program, the Debut Orchestra formed soon thereafter. In 1975 Kunin created the Musical Encounters outreach program where members of the Debut Orchestra performed in elementary schools throughout the Los Angeles. Over the years, the program expanded and diversified to include instrumental, vocal and general music instruction for middle and high school students, becoming the basis of what is now YMF's Teaching Artist Program.
This chamber concert honors Sylvia Kunin, whose vision and voice inspired prominent figures in classical music to pay their gifts forward and encouraged countless young musicians to discover their own creative voices. Her mantra was "opportunity for youth, music for everyone." YMF is proud to carry Sylvia’s vision forward with a renewed emphasis on mentorship and opportunity for all. It is this spirit that inspired the evening's program selections and performers.