CHARLOTTE – The Youth Orchestras of Charlotte will embark on its first-ever tour from Feb. 15 to 17.
The YOC is one of four orchestras chosen to perform in the Capital Orchestra Festival at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Before departing, the YOC will present a send-off concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Halton Theater. Youth will perform Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Dances from DeFalla’s Three Cornered Hat and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25. They’ll be joined by the flute choir.
Music director and conductor Ernest Pereira leads the YOC.
“In my over 30 years of conducting youth orchestras, I have seen our young performers grow in ability and execution to a level where, if you close your eyes and listen, it is difficult to tell that you are hearing an orchestra of young adults and not a professional symphony,” Pereira said.