MIDDLETOWN - World-renowned violinist David Kim will be the featured guest artist at the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County's spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 at Maple Point Middle School, Langhorne. Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, Kim's appearance with the youth orchestra is thanks in large part to an encounter last year with YOBC cellist Eric Cyphers.
Eric - a junior at Archbishop Wood High School - attended a spring 2013 solo performance by Kim at the Hilltown Baptist Church in Chalfont. After the performance, waiting in line for an autograph, Eric was struck by how friendly he seemed, and asked Kim if he would consider performing with YOBC. They exchanged emails and soon the YOBC executive director, Colleen Sweetsir, received a message from Kim proposing the special guest appearance and working out the details.
Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also devotes a portion of his schedule each year to bringing classical music to young people in the Philadelphia area. On Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m. Kim will join the YOBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3. YOBC students, many of whom saw Kim perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December, have been working hard all year preparing for the concert which will be held at Maple Point Middle School, 2250 Woodbourne Road, Langhorne.
A week before the concert, Kim will also conduct a master class at Cairn University in Langhorne for YOBC advanced division string students. The master class will highlight YOBC's Honors String Quartet (which includes Eric Cyphers on cello), and three young violinists who have been working independently on solo pieces.
The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County YOBC creates opportunities for young musicians to achieve artistic excellence through enriching classical music experiences. Currently over 270 students in grades 3–12, representing 25 school districts in Bucks and surrounding counties, come to YOBC each week to hone their skills and achieve their musical goals. In 23 years, YOBC has enriched the lives of over 1,500 students.
For information, contact Diana Nolan, office manager, at 215-945-5105 or visit www.yobc.org.