The MSM Precollege Philharmonic in Concert

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The Young Artists Showcase heads uptown this week to 122nd Street and a concert from the students of the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music.

Led by conductor Jonathan Strasser, the young members of the Precollege Division Philharmonic Orchestra are between 5- and 18-years-old and admitted by audition only. They perform recitals and concerts throughout the year on a startlingly professional level. The concert on this program was recorded this past November at the school's John C. Borden Auditorium.

 The concert opened with the Donna Diana overture, which took host Bob Sherman back to when he was 12-years-old and listening to the radio series Challenge of the Yukon. MSM piano competition winner Wenqiao Jiang took over for Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise. To close out the concert, the Precollege Philharmonic gave a solid performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony.

A tango coda serves as our introduction to violist Born Lau, who will be featured on the Young Artists Showcase on a special day, Friday, March 20 at 9pm.

Program playlist:
Reznicek: Donna Diana overture (excerpt)
— The Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division Philharmonic Orchestra; Jonathan Strasser, conductor.

Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
— Wenqiao Jiang, piano; Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division Philharmonic Orchestra; Jonathan Strasser, conductor.

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"
— The Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division Philharmonic Orchestra; Jonathan Strasser, conductor.

Efrem Zimbalist: Tango (trans. William Primrose)
— Born Lau, viola; Amy Yang, piano.