By Emily Sorensen
The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists Ensemble is going international with their 2013-14 season debut concert.
The theme of their first concert is “International Serenade” and will feature pieces from five composers from around the world, from America to Russia. The performance is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Road in Rancho Bernardo.
The concert will begin with American composer David Diamond’s Rounds for Strings, followed by Italian composer Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and Cello in B Major, which features solos from violinist Jonathan Kwok and cellist Taylor Cottle.
The ensemble’s third piece will be Duo Concerto for Violin and Piano, by German composer Mendelssohn, featuring solos from violinist Adam Davis and pianist David Phan.
Up fourth is “Zapateado,” by Spanish composer Sarasate, featuring a violin solo by Kelly Liou. The ensemble will finish their world tour with Serenade for Strings, by Russian composer Tchaikovsky.
The YPO Soloists Ensemble will be following their first concert with a special performance Sunday, Nov. 17 for the House of Italy, as a thank-you for the House of Italy’s generous donations which allowed 12 YPO Soloists Ensemble members to attend the Italian Opera Festival in Orange County in October, an invitation-only event. This was the second time the YPO Soloists Ensemble were invited to rehearse and perform alongside professional musicians from Italy.
Three additional regular concerts in the YPO Soloists Ensemble’s 2013-14 season are scheduled for February, April and May.
Also, musical director Alyze Dreiling is still taking auditions for the Soloists Sinfonietta, a new ensemble group for talented middle school-aged students. For more information on auditioning, visit
Tickets for the Friday, Nov. 15 concert are $15 general admission, $10 student, seniors and military, and are available at the door, or at www.yponov15.eventbrite.com.
For more information on the YPO Soloists Ensemble and upcoming concerts, visit