As part of our Bridges to Music program, each year we present a free outdoor concert for the entire family. Featuring great performances of popular songs and classical favorites, each year this concert draws hundreds of families enjoying a picnic on the lawn and music under the summer evening sky. This concert also features a performance by the winner of our Young Musicians Competition.
English Dances, Set One, Allegro risoluto (4th movement)
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Violin Concerto, allegro moderato (1st movement)
Joseph Wong, violin
2017 Young Musicians’ Competition winner
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La Peri Fanfare (excerpt)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (excerpt from beginning of 1st movement)
Roots of Heaven Overture (excerpt)
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban Selections
Night on Bald Mountain (excerpt)
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Bring your blankets and picnics and enjoy a summer evening while the Peninsula Symphony serenades you to the sounds of some of the most memorable and popular pieces in the repertoire.
The marvelous magician, Phil Ackerly will join the Peninsula Symphony for the second half of our Summer Concert on June 17, combining with the orchestra to present several amazing feats of magic. Fun for all ages!
Also featured on the program will be the winner of Peninsula Symphony’s 2017 Young Musicians Competition, Joseph Wong, violin. It’s a wonderful and musical way for your family to kick off the summer!
This is a FREE event, but be sure to arrive early for best seating on the lawn.
Joseph Wong, piano, First Prize winner of the 2017 Young Musicians’ Competition
Joseph Wong, 16, began his violin study at age 5½. He currently studies with Dr. Arthur Mikhailov, and was formerly a student of the late Jenny Rudin. He has had the opportunity of having masterclasses with many violinists, including Alexander Barantschik, Haik Kazazyan, and Henry Gronnier. Joseph has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including 1st place at the Peninsula Symphony Young Musicians’ Competition, grand prize at the ASTA SF Solo Competition, and various other prizes at USIMC, USOMC, Pacific Musical Society, and Junior Bach Festival. In 2012, Joseph entered the Fremont Symphony’s Young Artists Competition and performed with the orchestra in their Children’s Concert. As a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival and American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Joseph performed his debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in October 2012 and returned for a second recital in March 2013. He is currently a junior at Monta Vista High School and is a member of MV Science Olympiad. He has been a music coach at the PYO String Camp for the past summers and enjoys coaching younger musicians. He also enjoys playing chamber music with others.
What does one do when they get their lay off notice in the Silicon Valley semiconductor company? Become an entertainer, of course! “It’s was a lateral move”, says, Phil Ackerly, a Bay Area native born in Palo Alto and now making his home in Santa Clara, where “the homes were more affordable”. And a good move it was. Since 1992, Phil has been following his passion performing his theatrical magic shows at company events and private parties for all ages from the young to the young at heart. “When I perform it’s really magic. I walk in a room as a stranger to everyone and after my performance, I’m part of the family.”
Phil’s act has taken him across the country to off Broadway at Monday Night Magic, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
Phil’s combines his experience from the theater with sleight-of-hand magic, along with good clean humor and a few stories that tug at your heartstrings. And for that special occasion, Phil personalize his performances for a special event or to celebrate that special someone.
Give Phil a call today and see how he can make your party memorable and personable. Book Phil and you’ll receive high fives for outstanding event and you’ll become the star. Now that’s magic.
Phil Ackerly, magician
Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Sibelius’ Violin Concerto