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Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra winter concert set for Feb. 24

by on February 21, 2013 12:39 PM

STATE COLLEGE — The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has awarded Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and Ballet Theatre of State College a grant to produce two new choreographic pieces, Angelica and Parasol, to be performed to live orchestral music during CPYO’s Winter Concert.

This unique collaboration includes dancers from BTSC with live orchestral music played by CPYO at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 at State College High School South Auditorium.

Angelica and Parasol are set to the music of Efrain Amaya. Amaya, an American composer and conductor was born in Venezuela, where he began his musical training. He continued his education in the United States where he received two bachelor's degrees in composition and piano from Indiana University, and a master's degree in conducting from Rice University.

Lane Grosser, former PASCP School Director, and Ann Van Kuren, BTSC Company Manager, are the creative masterminds behind the beautiful choreography.

“Parasol is a contemporary ballet piece that expresses the fun and free-spirited essence of summer. Inspired by composer Efrain Amaya's childhood memories of summers spent on the beaches of Venezuela, Parasol expands the dancers' movement vocabulary and challenges the dancers' musicality, their ability to change pattern and direction quickly, and their finesse at using a delicate prop,” Grosser said.

"I am choreographing a modern barefoot ballet to the musical piece Angelica by Efrain Amaya. I'm inspired by the variety of musical rhythms in the piece and the bright earthiness, as well as the open and airy feel of the music. In the middle of the piece there is a peaceful and fluid theme, like a hidden pool of water in a magical forest. I am exploring how to give these images a visual and visceral life with nine dancers,” said Van Kuren.

Tickets for CPYO's Winter Concert and BTSC's premiere performances of Parasol and Angelica are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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