Binghamton Youth Symphony announces first concert of the season

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The Binghamton Youth Symphony is proud to announce its first concert of the season.

The performance will be held January 20 at 3 PM at Binghamton West Middle School.  Tickets are sold at the door and cost $8 for adults, $ 4 for seniors/students or $20 for an immediate family.

The Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra and The Preparatory Orchestra have been practicing every Sunday since the first week of September. Members are chosen by audition from 19 schools from Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Delaware, and Cortland Counties. Pieces performed will include:”Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, “Poet and Peasant” Overture by Franz Von Suppe, “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius and more. The performance will also include the solo performance of the first concerto winner Alexis VanTassel on recorder.

Alexis VanTassel is a thirteen-year-old, multifaceted performer from Endicott NY. She is proficient with multiple instruments and has been studying recorder, flute, and percussion with the area’s finest instructors including: Jeff Wahl, Barbara Kaufman, Nina Stutzman, Chris Adams, and Joel Smales. She is a member of the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Tier Youth Wind Ensemble where she plays percussion and flute. She is also a member of Celtic Charm and the Binghamton Baroque Orchestra, both in which she plays recorder. She also sings with the Downtown Singers. Alexis won the 2016 Middle School Piffaro National Recorder Competition, the STMTA Middle School woodwind competition, and the STMTA Middle School voice competition.

Alexis’s extensive musical interests range from Renaissance and Baroque to musical theater and contemporary popular music. She enjoys acting and has portrayed Dorothy in EPAC’s Kids Theater Workshop’s production of The Wizard of Oz, Katherine Plumber in EPAC’s Kids Theater Workshop’s production of Newsies, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream during EPAC’s 2017 Shakespeare in the Park.

Alexis enjoys composing and performing original music for recorder as well as contemporary songs for voice and piano. She has been a featured soloist in both the 2017 and 2018 Piffaro Recorder-fest in Philadelphia, PA which showcased her original recorder compositions. Her recorder pieces have also been performed at the Roberson Museum’s Home for the Holidays events.

Alexis would like to thank all of her teachers, family members, and friends for supporting her through all of her endeavors. She would also like to thank the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra for giving her the opportunity to perform her concerto in their winter concert.

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