Those seeking to end their Mother's Day celebrations on Sunday, May 13, literally on a high note will want to take Mom — and the rest of the family — to Pasadena City College's Sexson Auditorium, when the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO) presents its annual spring concert, "The Pines of Rome."
The program, which will begin at 4 p.m., will include The Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi; Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Jonathan Lee, who is not only an accomplished pianist but principal cellist for PYMO; Poem for Flute and Orchestra, with flutist and PYMO member Carina Jette, by Charles Griffes; and Rimsky Korsaov's Capriccio Espanol.
"The concert will be a unique and wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day," says Jo Raquel Stoup, music director of the orchestra, whose members attend 32 different high schools and junior colleges throughout Southern California. "PYMO members who live in this area include Kelsey Ro, flute (Glendale); Amanda Newman, trombone (Burbank); Charlie Davidson, tuba (La Cañada); Yul Kim, harp (Glendale); violinists Yun Chan Han (La Crescenta), Andy Lee (La Cañada), Yoon Lee (La Crescenta); Clark Anderson, cello (La Cañada); and bass players Matt Grey (La Crescenta) and Rex Noreen (La Cañada). High school and Junior College musicians with an interest in auditioning for PYMO's 2007-2008 season should visit the orchestra's website, www.pymo.org, to learn more about the audition process and requirements. Prospective applicants can also call 626-403-1086 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The auditions for next season will take place on May 19 and May 20 at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets for The Pines of Rome performance can be purchased at the door for the suggested donation price of $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Children under age 12 are free. Parking is available at any PCC lot for $2.