The Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO), Colorado’s most established youth orchestra program, is pleased to present DYAO Spectacular on February 20th, 2022 at 2:30 PM in Boettcher Concert Hall. This concert features all of the ensembles of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra program, as well as a special collaborative performance with a taiko drumming ensemble from the Japanese Arts Network.
The partnership with DYAO and the Japanese Arts Network (JA-NE) centers around a collaborative performance, and a lobby installation that will explore the Japanese American historical experience.
Musicians from One World Taiko and Mirai Daiko Taiko ensembles will join DYAO’s Conservatory Orchestra for a portion of the program. The first piece, Luigi Morleo’s "On Western Terror 8," offers an artistic critique of the legacy of Western colonialism and the tragedy that resulted. A portion of this performance will be included as part of the Mile High Japanese American Citizen League’s annual Day of Remembrance program, remembering Executive Order 9066 on February 19th, 2022. The taiko ensemble and Conservatory Orchestra will perform a second piece together which offers a stark contrast that features the well-known jazz tune, "Sing, Sing, Sing," arranged by Gary Tsujimoto of One World Taiko with taiko song Gendai Ni Ikuru (Living in the Present).
The program also includes several orchestral favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture," Benjamin Britten’s "Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra," Schubert’s "Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)," and excerpts from Holst’s "Saint Paul Suite."
This event is sponsored by Denver Arts & Venues, as well as season sponsors for DYAO including; SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, CoBank and Investment Trust.
For more information, please visit dyao.org. Come, hear the future!
This event is funded in part by a Denver Music Advancement Fund grant.