Music to our ears and hearts
New York — The prestigious Children’s Orchestra Society (COS), founded by the late Dr. Hiao Tsiun Ma (father of renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma and Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma), kicked off their milestone 50th Concert Season Anniversary with the 50th Annual Winter Concert on December 15, 2018 at the Seymour Weiner Theatre, Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, NY.
The Winter Concert featured the Society’s Kinder Orchestra, Sinfonia, JSE, YSE, ESE, Wind Ensemble, and Rhythm Ensemble who performed the last movement of Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and the 2018-19 Junior Discovery Winners, violinists Andrew Arloro and Jeffrey Yang, who played Sarasate’s Navarra for two Violins with Orchestra — much to the delight of their family and friends in the audience.
Music is a universal language, one that brings healing and happiness to people of all ages and cultures. Learning this powerful language helps develop motor skills, memory and coordination in toddlers and young children, and teaches life skills such as perseverance, creativity, cooperation and teamwork to young adults. This child-centered and wholistic music education is at the heart of The Children’s Orchestra Society.
The Children’s Orchestra Society is currently headed by Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma who serves as executive director, while her husband Michael Dadap (Filipino guitarist, composer, conductor and 2007 Pamana ng Lahi Awardee), serves as artistic and musical director, and principal conductor. The COS Board of Directors includes another famous Filipino, Loida Nicolas Lewis, who is also a pianist and advocate for culture and the arts.
Next on the COS calendar is their 50th Annual Spring Graduation Concert on May 18, 2019 (Saturday) 4:00pm to be held at the Seymour Weiner Theatre, Long Island High School for the Arts.
Capping the Society’s milestone concert season is the 50th ANNIVERSARY DISCOVERY GALA at CARNEGIE HALL on June 19, 2018 (Thursday) 7:00pm. The evening will feature COS Senior Discovery Winner Darren Yang (Bass), Guest Artist Ray Chen (Violin), and all orchestras conducted by Michael Dadap. The Program includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Koussevitzky’s Bass Concerto, and more.
To avail of early bird or group discounts for the COS Discovery Gala at Carnegie Hall, please call 718.888.0635 or email Info@ChildrensOrch.org.
For more information on The Children’s Orchestra Society, please visit www.ChildrensOrch.org.
(Photos and press release by the Children’s Orchestra Society)