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Spotlight: PA String Quartet

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Written by PA Intern Risheetha Bhagawatula. The PA String Quartet (PAQ) is one of the Philharmonic Association's chamber ensembles currently coached under Bonnie Thron. This group, comprised of Kenny Zhang (Violin), Seunne Khoo (Violin), Rebecca Cai (Viola), and Elizabeth Nam (Cello), has performed at numerous festivals and community events.  I recently sat down with the musicians to get some insight into their experience playing in the PAQ. When did you join the Quartet, and why?  Seunne: I joined the Quartet back in 2018 after I was invited by a member. I thought it would be a pretty fun experience.  Elizabeth:

TYJE to perform at Raleigh First Night

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Written by PA Intern Zeb Jewell-Alibhai.  On December 31, 2021, Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) will perform at Raleigh First Night, a New Year's Eve celebration. The outdoor performance will take place at 2 pm at Bicentennial Plaza in Downtown Raleigh (1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601). This performance will mark the start of a new year with two fantastic sets of jazz. In addition to TYJE, the Gregg Gelb Jazz Group (led by TYJE director Gregg Gelb) will play at 4:30 pm at City Plaza (443 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601). TYJE will play a wide variety of

USC to perfom at Cary Kwanzaa Celebration

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Written by PA Intern Rebecca Cai.  It is that time of year - Holiday Festivals are in full swing! Be sure to check out the Cary Kwanzaa Celebration, a cultural celebration that honors African-American people and their heritage. The event is sponsored by the Town of Cary and the Ujima Group, inc, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting cultural-diversity. On Thursday, December 30, 2021 The United Strings of Color Quartet (consisting of members Tayla Murphy, CT Thomas, Sterling Elliott, and Tristen Johnson) will perform at the Cary Arts Center’s 27th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at 2:30pm. The quartet will perform Ijapa

TYJO Records Jazzy Christmas Performance

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Written by PA Intern Kimberly Berry.  On Sunday, December 12, The Philharmonic Association's Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra (TYJO) recorded a Holiday Concert. The video performance will be shared with nursing homes and other community centers in the area as a safe way to spread some holiday cheer. Under the direction of Ms. Lisa Burn, TYJO performed "Winter Wonderland" which featured soloists Ryan Maitra (trombone), Killian Hagis (trumpet), Luka Ison (tenor sax) and Benjamin Cao (piano). The next song was "Christmas Time Is Here" with soloist Ria Kolte (vocals) and Noah Joo (alto sax). TYJO then performed "Greensleeves" with soloist Luka

Congratulations PA’s Got Talent Winners!

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Written by PA Intern Elizabeth Nam.  On Friday, December 3, the Philharmonic Association hosted the PA's Got Talent Fundraiser. This talent show allowed musicians of the Philharmonic Association to show off a variety of talents on several different instruments. Finalists and winners were chosen based on the amount of money they raised from the community. The first finalist of live performances for younger musicians was Eleanor McIntire. She performed “Heart and Soul” by Hoagy Carmichael with her family, embodying Carmichael’s nostalgic song. The second finalist was Ayush Nair, a fifth grader, who played the first movement of “Concertino” in the

Expanding the Horizons of Young Musicians

The mission of the Philharmonic Association is to educate the next generation in great classical and jazz music through ensemble performance, while encouraging appreciation, community participation, and support of these activities.

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Triangle Youth Philharmonic

Triangle Youth Philharmonic

The Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP) is the youth orchestra of the North Carolina Symphony.

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Triangle Youth Symphony

Triangle Youth Symphony

The Triangle Youth Symphony is for young musicians to expand their musical skills.

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Triangle Youth Orchestra

Triangle Youth Orchestra

The Triangle Youth Orchestra is for young intermediate musicians with limited experience.

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Triangle Youth String Sinfonia

Triangle Youth String Sinfonia

The Triangle Youth String Sinfonia is open to string musicians in grades 7 to 12 who are able…

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Triangle Youth String Orchestra

Triangle Youth String Orchestra

The Triangle Youth String Orchestra provides engaging musical experiences for students who…

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Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) is now based in Raleigh under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb.

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Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra

Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra

TYJO is an advanced, mostly high school ensemble, directed by Lisa Burn.

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Triangle Youth Jazz Band

Triangle Youth Jazz Band

The Triangle Youth Jazz Band (TYJB) is an intermediate level ensemble, typically comprised…

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Triangle Youth Jazz Lab

Triangle Youth Jazz Lab

Triangle Youth Jazz Lab provides beginning jazz ensemble training with the goal of eventual transition to the Triangle Youth Jazz Band or Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra.

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Brass Chamber Ensembles

Brass Chamber Ensembles

The Philharmonic Association has a history of brass ensembles that have complimented…

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String Chamber Ensembles

String Chamber Ensembles

Triangle Youth Philharmonic String Quartet performed repertoire for two violins, viola, and cello.

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Woodwind Ensembles

Woodwind Ensembles

Triangle Youth Philharmonic Wind Quintet performs repertoire for clarinet, flute, horn, oboe, and bassoon.

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The best of the area’s young musicians, participants in the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and the Triangle Youth Symphony…

Christina Nfong, News and Observer

There are lots of reasons to support the youth orchestras of the Philharmonic Association. The most important is that they give first-rate performances. A close second is that the young musicians of TYP, TYS and TYO are the classical musicians of the future, the pros, semi-pros, and amateurs who will continue to maintain the classical tradition……they comprise the cream of the crop. This is not little league; they play hardball, and they play it well.

Elizabeth and Joe Kahn , The Independent
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[TYP and TYS] do much more than train musicians. They teach a lifelong appreciation and love of music. One alum recently submitted a piece for the Philharmonic Association News entitled: “Music Keeps Me Sane.” Playing with TYP taught her commitment and about setting standards.

Carrie Knowles, The Triangle Lifestyle Magazine
CVNC

There’s hope for our collective musical future, thanks to the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and similar ensembles. The 250 or so young artists involved in the PA’s programs merit our attention and support.  Their love of music and delight in the teamwork required to create it was evident in every measure.

John W. Lambert , Classical Voice of North Carolina

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