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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus perform concert at Severance Hall on March 14

In second Youth Orchestra program of the season, James Feddeck conducts Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”)

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus joins the Youth Orchestra for the Fauré Requiem and also performs music by Mozart and Bruckner

CLEVELAND, February 16, 2010 The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will perform its second Severance Hall concert of the 2009-10 season on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.  James Feddeck, in his first season as music director of the Youth Orchestra, will begin the performance with Wolfgang Amadè Mozart’s Regina coeli, for which the Youth Orchestra will be joined by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.  Next on the program is Camille Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”), with Cleveland Institute of Music master’s degree program student Laura Ross as organ soloist.  After intermission, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, led by its director, Frank Bianchi, will perform Anton Bruckner’s Ave Maria.  To conclude the program, Mr. Feddeck will conduct the Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem
            Vocal soloists for Mozart’s Regina coeli, all members of the Youth Chorus, will be sopranos Annalise Dzwonczyk and Katie Staskus, altos Rebeccah Dahlhausen and Elysha Ross, tenors TJ Fallon and Zachary Pytel, and basses De’Ron McDaniel and Brogan Reilly.  Vocal soloists for the Fauré Requiem will be Youth Chorus soprano Annalise Dzwonczyk and baritone Jaired Birks.
A Prelude Concert will be held in Reinberger Chamber Hall beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The Prelude will feature chamber music performed by Youth Orchestra ensembles, and is free to concert ticket holders.  
            Biographical information on James Feddeck and Frank Bianchi follows.
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TICKETS cost $12 each (reserved seating).  Boxes are available at $160 each (8 seats per box). 

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141 during regular ticket office hours (Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Closed Sundays and major holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to the performance start time.).  Tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra’s website at  The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings.
            Please note:  There are no added service charges or handling fees for concert tickets purchased through the Severance Hall Ticket Office in person, by telephone or fax, or on the website.
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            The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO), now in its 24th season, is a full, 100-member symphony orchestra of young musicians from 44 communities in 13 counties across northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.  The Youth Orchestra was founded in 1986 under the direction of former Cleveland Orchestra Resident Conductor Jahja Ling to provide talented young musicians with a pre-professional orchestra training experience of the highest possible artistic standard.  Since that time, more than 1,000 young musicians have benefited from the unique musical experiences that COYO offers: weekly coachings with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, rehearsals and performances in historic Severance Hall, and opportunities to work with internationally renowned guest artists and conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Yo-Yo Ma, Kurt Masur, Gil Shaham, Michael Tilson Thomas and Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.  As one of the best youth orchestras in the country, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra has garnered a number of prestigious accolades.   Following the opening concert of the Youth Orchestra’s 2007-08 season, The Plain Dealer commented that “As the last movement [of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2] ascended to its sunny peak, the orchestra filled every corner of Severance Hall with tonal gold.”  In March 2008, The Plain Dealer stated that the Youth Orchestra’s performance of the conclusion of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “shook the hall in a blaze of youthful glory.” 
            In June 2009, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra made its first appearances (performing four concerts) in Boston, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas, marking the first COYO tour since the Youth Orchestra’s triumphal tour performance at Carnegie Hall in 2001.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by generous grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and many other donors.  Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation and Christine Gitlin Miles. 

            In 1991, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus was founded to help raise awareness of choral music-making in the schools of northeastern Ohio and to encourage more students to continue their choral activities through college and into adulthood. The 125 members of the Youth Chorus are in grades 9 to 12 and represent some 45 schools and communities from 6 Northeastern Ohio Counties.   Like their colleagues in the Youth Orchestra, they are chosen through auditions. This past year over 150 students auditioned for the chorus.  Frank Bianchi serves as director of the Youth Chorus.
            In recent years, the Youth Chorus has collaborated with outstanding musical ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Chorus and the Cleveland State Chorale.  The Youth Chorus has appeared in concert at the summer conference of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, the Cathedral of St. John in Cleveland, Ohio and at the Ohio Music Education Association Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Members of the Youth Chorus have participated in Holiday performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and at the annual summer Blossom Festival. Many members of the Youth Chorus began their Severance Hall ‘singing career’ as members of the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus. 
            Initial funding for the Youth Chorus was provided by the W.O. Frohring Foundation, the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation, and the Sears Family Foundation, with ongoing support provided by the Wilkof Foundation.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.

Each of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s concerts this season is to be broadcast on later dates by WCLV 104.9 FM. 
            The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus are part of a broad array of Cleveland Orchestra educational programs designed to foster a love of music and a lifetime of participation in the musical arts, and to nurture aspiring young musicians. These programs are part of the Orchestra’s Community Music Initiative.  Other programs include the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus, the Musical Rainbow concert series for children ages 3 to 6, Family Concerts for ages 7 and up, Education Concerts (which bring 25,000 schoolchildren to Severance Hall each year), Learning Through Music, the High School Matinee Concert, the Student Advantage Program for college students, and Concert Previews and Music Study Groups for adults.  For more information about any of these programs, call the Orchestra’s Department of Educational and Community Programs at (216) 231-7355, or visit

Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
(Prelude Concert at 6:00 p.m. featuring chamber music performed by members of the Youth Orchestra)

Severance Hall

James Feddeck, conductor
Frank Bianchi, director

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus:
MOZART                    Regina coeli

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra:
            SAINT-SAËNS            Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”)

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus:
            BRUCKNER                Ave Maria

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus:
            FAURÉ                        Requiem

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by generous grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and many other donors.  Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation and Christine Gitlin Miles.
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.

TICKETS:  $12 (reserved seating).  Call (216) 231-1111 or 1-800-686-1141, or order online at

Press Contacts:         Jennifer Schlosser, (216) 231-7518
                                    Ana Papakhian, Office: (216) 231-7476; Cell phone: (216) 370-2595

James Feddeck
Music Director
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Assistant Conductor
Elizabeth Ring and William Gwinn Mather Endowed Chair
The Cleveland Orchestra

James Feddeck is in his first season as an assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, having been appointed by Franz Welser-Möst in March 2009.  As assistant conductor, Mr. Feddeck conducts Education, Family, and other concerts and serves as cover conductor for Severance Hall and Blossom Festival subscription concerts.  He also helps oversee the editing of archival recordings of concerts and provide assistance to Franz Welser-Möst.  Mr. Feddeck made his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in a Blossom Festival concert in August 2009, as an Aspen Academy Conductor.
            As music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Mr. Feddeck leads the ensemble in weekly rehearsals and will conduct its 2009-10 season three-concert series in Severance Hall, concerts in the Cleveland area, and a performance for Severance Hall’s Community Open House Day in January 2010.  In March, he also will conduct the Youth Orchestra in a side-by-side concert with The Cleveland Orchestra, for high-school students.
            James Feddeck came to Cleveland from his prior position as assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.  During his two-season tenure in Memphis, he developed and conducted subscription programs, educational concerts, and community programs, and served as an advocate for music education.
            This past summer, Mr. Feddeck served as assistant conductor at the Aspen Music Festival and School.  A conducting fellow for three summers at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with Murry Sidlin and David Zinman, James Feddeck received the Aspen Conducting Prize in 2008.  He was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize in 2007 and was nominated for the Glimmerglass Opera Conducting Prize in 2006.  In addition, he was the unanimous winner of the Sixth Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition and, at twenty-two, its youngest participant.
            Mr. Feddeck’s musical training and background is unusually diverse and multifaceted.  He holds the distinction of having been admitted to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in four areas: piano, oboe, organ, and conducting.  While at Oberlin, he was music director and conductor of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.  Following undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oberlin, where he studied conducting with Steven Smith, Timothy Weiss, and Bridget-Michaele Reischl, Mr. Feddeck continued his studies in conducting at the University of Michigan, working with Kenneth Kiesler.  He has participated in conducting masterclasses at Aspen with Patrick Summers, Harry Bicket, and James Conlon.
            An accomplished organist, Mr. Feddeck has performed recitals throughout Europe and North America and has won competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  As an oboist, he has taken a special interest in new music, having commissioned and premiered works including Daniel Pinkham’s Oboe Quartet.
            Recent and upcoming conducting engagements include appearances at the Aspen Music Festival with artists including Misha Dichter and Cho-Liang Lin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (with soloist Yo-Yo Ma), and return performances with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Frank Bianchi
Director, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
Assistant Director, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Frank Bianchi is in his fifth season as director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and his first season as assistant director of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor of music at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and the director of the Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Chorus.  Choral groups under his direction during his 30-year public-school teaching career have sung at district, regional, state, and national conventions of OMEA, MENC, and ACDA.
            Mr. Bianchi is very active as a choral clinician, choral conductor, and adjudicator of both concert and show choirs.  He has conducted well over 100 honors, district, regional, and all-state choirs throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.  This spring, he will conduct the Pennsylvania All-State Choir at the PMEA State Conference.  Mr. Bianchi has served in several capacities on the Adjudications Board for the Ohio Music Education Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association and currently serves as the northeast Ohio regional chairperson for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. 
            Mr. Bianchi is a past recipient of the Outstanding Music Educator of the Year Award from the Ohio Music Education Association.  In addition to his duties at Severance Hall and Baldwin-Wallace College, he serves as director of liturgical music at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church in Medina.


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