YOSA

Edward Benavides

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's next concert sounds like a spirited one. And in a word, the reason is percussion. 

"Percussion's a huge part of this music," says YOSA Music Director Troy Peters. "In fact we're going to have a dozen timpani at the front of the stage--these big kettle drums," said Peters. "More kettle drums than anybody has ever seen on stage at the Tobin Center. Playing a piece by Philip Glass."

Page Graham

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio is planning another interesting concert. It's a Beatles concert of sorts, and YOSA's Troy Peters described the iconic band this way.

"They connect the dots on a whole bunch of different sounds. And it means that a whole bunch of different kinds of listeners can come to the Beatles and find something to hold onto," Peters says.

And now YOSA's philharmonic orchestra is coming together with local musicians for this special Beatles-centered event.

Libby Day

Fall season for Youth Orchestras of San Antonio opens this week. Music Director Troy Peters told us that the program he has planned has a lot to do with the Tobin Center itself, where it’s happening on Sunday.

“It’s an amazing place to make a big sound. We’re going to play Saint Saens’ organ symphony.  It’s a spectacular piece. It blows the roof off the place.”

To do so they’ll use the Tobin’s little-known in-house organ. It's a great big thing that is mostly kept far below the stage, but to bring out and set up, takes several stage hands hours to execute.

Page Graham

Thursday night will be a musical one in Southtown. You may remember Youth Orchestra of San Antonio’s big concert at the Tobin in late June. Now, that event is going to be reprised.

In between the Bach, Elgar, and Aaron Copland, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) occasionally finds time to perform arrangements of popular songs. You can see some of their videos on YouTube.

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