Knoxville 2014 Performance

Photo credit: Jim Nash Flickr Facebook Gallery I sang "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" with Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra on August 22nd, 7:30 PM in Music Hall on the UW-Madison Campus. Barber created such an amazing piece of music.Barber's use of color is incredible. MAYCO was ambitiously founded by violist Mikko Utevsky, who is currently a Sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Madison. from Mikko: "The Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra is a student-directed summer festival ensemble dedicated to providing an intensive small orchestra experience for high school and college students. Founded and conducted by Mikko Utevsky, the orchestra prepares a full program over the course of each one-week summer session. We focus on the collaborative experience of a mixed-level small ensemble, and the freedom it allows for exploring stylistically challenging music. Particular emphasis is given to works of the Classical period, often neglected in youth orchestras, presented in their proper chamber context." 1462796_684606088216430_1552745828_o ABOUT MIKKO: Mikko Rankin Utevsky is a violist and conductor studying at the UW-Madison, where he performs as co-principal viola in the Chamber Orchestra and in many smaller ensembles. In 2013, Utevsky was named Music Director of The Studio Orchestra, a Madison-area community ensemble that performs at nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Dane County. Utevsky founded the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra, a summer training orchestra, in 2010, and has overseen its expansion to a two-concert summer season tackling an ever-widening range of repertoire. Heralded as a "remarkable institution" by local critics, the group features local artists and regularly commissions new works. He was named the first recipient of WISC-TV and Heid Music’s “First Chair” award for his work with the ensemble in 2013, and performed at the Madison Area Music Awards. He served as the first-ever Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra at East High School, where he was also a perennial featured soloist, and performed for several years as principal viola in the top ensemble of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO). Utevsky is also active as a critic, writing for the Well-Tempered Ear. His mentors include James Smith, Sally Chisholm, Kenneth Woods, Beverly Taylor, Suzanne Beia, Parry Karp, and Diedre Buckley. Click here to visit the Madison Area Chamber Orchestra's website.  The full program is below: "Summer Magic" with Caitlin Ruby Miller, soprano Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 UW Music Hall 925 Bascom Mall