Folk melodies emanate from the Provencal Region of France. A young man gathers colorful impressions as he walks through Scotland. A seventeen year old violinist displays her virtuosity in an impassioned musical exchange with a dynamic orchestra. This is live music, its "Present and Future", Saturday March 23, 7:30pm, in Livingston High School Livingston, NJ.

Influencing   music’s present and future communities for over fifty years, the Livingston Symphony has evolved from a pit orchestra to a core group of 50 high caliber volunteer musicians who bring renowned works of music to Livingston and beyond. The orchestra has accompanied the Pope’s Diocesan Choir of Rome, and has performed in venues ranging from the Mayo Performing Arts Center to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.    With an added mission to support the development of aspiring musicians, the Livingston Symphony holds an annual competition and awards a scholarship to a deserving young artist from the tri state area.  At its March 23 concert this year, the orchestra embraces their Young Artist Competition winner, 17 year old Amy K. Zhang .

 Amy Zhang began her violin studies at age 5 and is currently a senior at Livingston High School and a student at Juilliard’s Pre College Division, headed in September to Northwestern University to pursue dual music and premed majors.  She has won multiple prestigious competitions and festivals and has spent her past two summers in Tanglewood and Aspen perfecting her solo and chamber music skills.  Amy has chosen the “Sibelius Violin Concerto” to perform with the orchestra, a work which demands a high level of technical facility as well as an ability to interact on an equal level with ensemble musicians.  Sibelius’ concerto, while not initially well received, has become one of the most popular and often recorded.   Audience members may recognize the great nationalist Sibelius as the composer of “Finlandia.”

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Also during this March 23 concert, the audience will be treated to selections from George Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite 1-2 and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony #3.  Bizet is said to have hit his stride in composing this background music for an 1872  play  about a girl from Arles, France, and followed this work shortly thereafter with his  groundbreaking opera “Carmen.”  The early Romantic composer Mendelssohn, whose prolific and beautiful melodies include the highly recognizable “Wedding March” Recessional, composed his third symphony years after taking a walking tour of Scotland during his youth.  Referred to often as the “Scottish,” this symphony may have been inspired by an impression of the country formed during  this trip.  The lighthearted dance movement and fiery finale of this lush score are a listener’s delight .

Join the Livingston Symphony Orchestra for this “Present and Future” Concert on Saturday March 23, 2012 at 7:30pm in the auditorium of Livingston High School, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston, New Jersey.  Tickets are available at the door or by calling (973)886-9525.  Additional information on the orchestra and soloist Amy Zhang can also be found at www.lsonj.org.