As part of our Bridges to Music program, each year we present a free afternoon concert for children and families. These concerts feature engaging and interactive pieces written to help young people learn about the orchestra and the instruments, and children also have the opportunity to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close! And of course, tickets for the concert are free!
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The music selections on this program offer a look at how music moves us–both emotionally and physically–no matter where we are from. Join the PSO and Assistant Conductor Chad Goodman on a musical journey that explores thrilling dances from around the world. From the flashy Danzon No. 2 of Mexican composer Arturo Márquez to the exuberant Slavonic Dances of Antonín Dvorák, this program is sure to keep your foot tapping!
Also featured will be the First Prize winner of the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition. The Competition is the legacy of Marilyn Mindell, who worked tirelessly for arts education on the Peninsula, and we are proud to have hosted the Competition for the past twelve years.
At 2:15 we will be featuring Joanna Wong, Ryan Chi, and Jadis Chen, the winners of the junior portion of the Competition. These fine young pianists will each be performing their Competition piece prior to the symphony concert.
Best of all, this afternoon of fantastic music and musicians is FREE! Be sure and make reservations today so you don’t miss out on this wonderful event.
Ethan Yuen, First Prize winner of the 2017 Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition
Ethan Yuen is a freshman attending Gunn High School in Palo Alto. He began learning piano when he was five and heis currently a student of Professor Hans Boepple at SCU. Ethan won his first competition at age seven. In recent years, he has been a prize winner several times in the Pacific Musical Society, CAPMT, MTAC Northern California and state competitions. He was awarded as a grand prize winner in the winner’s recital ofAFAF concerto competition which was held in Weill hall of Carnegie Hall. He was also a prizewinner in Mindell Junior competition, LA Young Musicians International Piano Competition and MTNA State and Divisional competitions. In June 2016, he had his de-but with the El Camino Youth Symphony senior orchestra. He has attended the Colburn Music Academy Piano Festival, John Perry Academy Summer Piano Festival, Cooper Piano Festival and Southeastern Piano Festival, in which he was a prizewinner of the Ar-thur Fraser International piano Competition. Besides playing and listening to classical music, he enjoys playing basketball with friends, watching Giants and Warriors games and eating gourmet food. In school, heloves and excels in foreign languages.
Recognized as “an entrepreneur bringing innovation to classical music” (Forbes), Chad Goodman maintains an active career as a conductor, trumpeter and music educator. As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Chad offers audiences a unique way of experiencing the Bay Area’s vibrant music scene. His progressive vision for concert programming results in the pairing of music from rising local composers with under-appreciated gems of the 20th century.
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Chad Goodman, PSO Assistant Conductor
Marquez’s Danzon No. 2
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 1