Help YOSA Rock the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
With your help, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) will collaborate with some of San Antonio’s best-known musical acts to produce one of the most exciting musical events of 2015.
Classical music and alternative rock will come together on Saturday, June 27, 2015 as YOSA and local musical luminaries present Radiohead’s landmark 1997 album "OK Computer" in a unique concert event at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Backed by a full symphony orchestra of YOSA musicians, artists including Nina Diaz, Demitasse, Pop Pistol, and Lonely Horse will reinvent some of the most iconic alternative rock songs of the 1990s.
To make this concert happen, however, will require a substantial initial investment by YOSA. We need to rent rehearsal space; rent the performance venue; pay the stage crew, lighting director, and audio engineer; contract live audio recording; and create a dozen orchestral arrangements for the musicians to play. Backers of this project will play a key role in positioning YOSA to bring this exciting project to the stage.
YOSA music director Troy Peters will create the orchestral arrangements and conduct the concert. “San Antonio boasts such a wealth of remarkable musicians in a wide variety of styles,” Peters says. “The audience is in for a real treat with such a diverse lineup of musicians tackling this legendary material. And with a full symphony orchestra backing them up, it’s going to be a seriously memorable show.”
Featured performers will include:
- Nina Diaz, lead singer of Girl in a Coma
- Indie rock favorite Pop Pistol
- Demitasse, side project of Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes from Buttercup
- Power duo Lonely Horse
- Octahedron, up-and-coming indie pop group
- Singer-songwriter Nicolette Good
- Alyson Alonzo, formerly of Sugar Skulls
- Avant-garde electronic group Femina-X
- The Lavens, Americana stalwarts
- Multi-faceted pianist Jaime Ramirez
- Jonathan Raveneau, versatile violinist and singer
Released in 1997, Radiohead’s "OK Computer" is one of the most acclaimed albums of all time. Entertainment Weekly called it the best album of 1997, and Rolling Stone, Spin, Time, and others have included it prominently in lists of the best albums of all time. In March, the Library of Congress added the album to the National Recording Registry, a select list of sound recordings that are preserved in the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”
YOSA can do this!
Why does YOSA have the chops to do this project? Because YOSA has been changing kids’ lives through music since 1949. YOSA works with more than 1,800 young musicians in San Antonio through eight orchestras, a summer camp, and two school partnership programs. A resident company at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, YOSA was the only youth orchestra in America to receive a 2013 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The most advanced ensemble, the YOSA Philharmonic, performs professional-level repertoire in premiere venues at home and abroad, collaborating regularly with internationally renowned soloists like Branford Marsalis, Richard Stoltzman, and Edgar Meyer. YOSA's rock track record includes a pop-up performance at SXSWedu and a 2011 concert with Yes lead singer Jon Anderson. In 2016, YOSA's 11th international tour will visit Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Watch the video below to experience the classical music excellence of YOSA Philharmonic.
Risks and challenges
This is a one-time project and concert performance. All challenges relate to concert preparation and execution. To conduct a successful event, YOSA staff will manage YOSA Philharmonic musicians by communicating regularly with them and their families. YOSA communicates via streamlined email processes and from the podium at rehearsals to ensure that all musicians understand information pertaining to the concert. Consistent communication will help to overcome the challenge of managing 110 young musicians.
Another of our largest challenges is coordinating guest artist schedules to arrange rehearsal times with YOSA musicians. Our guest artists are busy. Since they are donating their services, YOSA is respectful of their time and dedicated to producing a high-quality concert, so rehearsal is necessary. Music Director, Troy Peters, is maintaining constant contact with the guest artists and their agents. Together, they are working diligently to coordinate schedules and meet the needs of all involved.
Finally, concert production includes day-of logistics. It is important that every possible detail is taken care of. This includes equipment rentals, venue rental, front of stage operations, back stage operations, stage set up, and more. These details must fall into place in order for the concert to go smoothly, as planned. YOSA’s experienced staff will tend to every detail to make sure that the concert succeeds. If something happens out of the ordinary, YOSA staff is quick to provide solutions as they present six concerts each year, conduct summer camp, and manage all orchestras and programming throughout the season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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