Well, I’m not one bit surprised that the young people in the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS) would undeniably impress me! They are so very talented and their hard work shows. Click on this link, listen to a few of their recordings and decide for yourself. This was the first performance I have ever attended in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts concert hall--it is beautiful, I was pleased with the acoustics, and I could easily see the entire symphony. Having played percussion, myself, I particularly enjoyed watching the eight young men and women in the percussion section really hustle to do their job, especially during John Mackey's Turbine... showing their skills, they all hopped between a number of different instruments without missing a beat and that's an understatement! Though it was free, the cost of a ticket would have been money well spent.
The AWYS performs again on December 14th with the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. (Image of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony from their website)