Ypsi Symphony Orchestra performs “Welcome Back” concert after 20 months of inactivity due to COVID



Music director Adam Riccinto and the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra are returning to the stage after 20 months of being unable to perform together due to COVID-19. The YSO is relaunching its regular performing season with a “Welcome Back” concert at Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday October 10 at 3:30 pm. The family-oriented concert aims to reconnect the local community with the orchestra and will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, the Rosamunde Overture and special elements highlighting the string, woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra.

Lisa Barry from WEMU chats with Riccinto about the upcoming performance and pandemic experience on the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.



Event celebrates YSO’s return to the stage with the local community

YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN, October 3, 2021 – Music director Adam C. Riccinto and the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra (YSO) return to the stage after 20 months of being unable to perform together due to COVID-19. The YSO is thrilled to kick off its regular performing season with a “Welcome Back” concert at Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday October 10 at 3:30 pm. The family-focused concert aims to reconnect the local community with Ypsilanti’s hometown. orchestra, and will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, the Rosamunde Overture and special elements highlighting the string, woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra.

“We’re thrilled to be back and able to deliver a high quality, family-friendly, affordable musical performance in a large and beautiful space with safety in mind,” said Music Director Adam C. Riccinto. “This is a great opportunity to experience the sound of an orchestra live – and maybe even hear some of your neighbors or friends playing – near you. »Depending on site requirements, masks will be required.

by Beethoven Symphony n ° 1 premiered in Vienna in 1800, when the composer was not yet 30 years old. The symphony continues the symphonic traditions established by Beethoven’s predecessors WA Mozart and Josef Haydn, but also displays signs of Beethoven’s emerging style, such as the predominant use of winds and strong dynamics. The first of his symphonies merges traditional forms with early experiments, signaling what was to come in his latest groundbreaking works.

that of Schubert Opening at Rosamunde, often associated with his stage music for the play’s premiere in 1823 Rosamunde, was in fact composed in 1820 for an earlier piece, The magic harp. Although neither of the two pieces lasted, Schubert’s overture, with its dramatic introduction and lyrical, charming music, remains a beloved orchestral work.

The YSO will perform on Sunday, October 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School’s Performing Arts Center, 7425 Willis Road, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. In accordance with site security protocols, masks are mandatory for participants. Tickets cost $ 12 / adults, $ 6 / students / seniors / children, and $ 30 / family and can be purchased at the door or online at A2Tix.com.

The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is proud of its unique and significant cultural contribution to the Ypsilanti region. The YSO’s mission is to “share our passion for music through innovative programming, creative collaboration and advocacy for the arts” and “to actively contribute to music appreciation and promotion. education of our musicians, members of the organization and the public. Led by founder and musical director Adam C. Riccinto, the Symphony marks its 23rd anniversary with the 2021-22 season.

You can find more information about the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra on www.ypsilantisymphony.org and on Facebook.


Lisa Barry: After nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra has not been able to perform. But everything is changing this week. I’m Lisa Barry, and there is a Welcome Back Symphony Concert on Sunday October 10th. And now we’re joined by Symphony Founder, Director, Music Director Adam Riccinto to talk about it. Welcome. Thanks for talking to us.

Adam Riccinto: Thanks for having me, Lisa. It’s a pleasure.

Lisa Barry: How does it feel to be back to playing music once again?

Adam Riccinto: I can’t even tell you how excited we are. The Ypsilanti Symphony entered our 22nd season last year, which of course didn’t happen last year. But we’re a bunch of daytime professionals from other fields who get together on Tuesday nights at Lincoln High School and hit the pause button on our lives and make some amazing music. And the fact that we got to be back and get ready to play for the community again is really, really exciting.

Lisa Barry: How many members are there in the symphony?

Adam Riccinto: Lisa, depending on what we’re playing, it can go from 40 to 60 or so. So all parts are covered. It is a complete symphony.

Lisa Barry: All ages? And where do they come from?

Adam Riccinto: Thus, they come from all over the region, mainly from Ypsilanti, but also from the surrounding communities. I have people who drive a certain distance. I have college students. I have four UEM students playing this cycle, and then I have people up to one of our founding members who is actually retiring from playing this year and is 90 years old, and all over the place. between the two. It’s really, really … it’s a range. These are all people who love music and know how to play.

Lisa Barry: So, did you found the symphony yourself?

Adam Riccinto: It’s true. I did. In 1999, there was a sort of cultural vacuum at the time. There was no real community orchestra in the region, that is, volunteer day professionals in other fields. And I mean, we have teachers, students, and CEOs and, you know, people from all walks of life. And, at that point, I called some friends and said, “Look, there’s a need here. Could you help me get started? And some people responded and people from UEM and Washtenaw Community College and other local organizations, and we got it started.

Lisa Barry: Do you have a mission?

Adam Riccinto: We do. Our mission is to provide access to orchestral music to members of our community who may never have had it before. So we play a traditional classical repertoire, but we play jazz and pop concerts, film music and all kinds of things. And the coolest part is, I think my friend Johnny Lawrence probably said it best, he said, “What we do is bring people something to their hometown that they couldn’t. normally not get outside of a movie theater or without going to downtown Detroit and spending $ 200. ”I mean, if you come to the Ypsilanti Symphony, a whole family can attend the program for around $ 30. C is less than a movie, and they’re going to see their own friends, family, and neighbors playing this great, great literature. So it’s family-friendly – now COVID friendly, so masks and social distancing and stuff for our hosts in Lincoln will be in. But that’s the experience here.

Lisa Barry: Thus, the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra is planning a welcome concert this Sunday, October 10. What will you be playing?

Adam Riccinto: Oh, Lisa, this is going to be a fun program. We’re going to be at Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center, which is a new place for us. It’s beautiful, on Willis Road. And we will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, an overture by Franz Schubert. And what’s going to be fun is that every section of the orchestra will be presented. There will therefore be a brass quintet, a wind octet and a string piece. Thus, the public will be able to hear the sounds of small ensembles, as well as the whole orchestra. The program will last around 90 minutes and will be totally family-friendly.

Lisa Barry: And masks will be mandatory to attend.

Adam Riccinto: It’s correct. And then we’ll ask people to distance themselves socially between family groups, for example, but very, very typical requests from our host at Lincoln High School.

Lisa Barry: So you didn’t have your entire season last year. How long have you been rehearsing this year?

Adam Riccinto: Well, generally it’s a very standard schedule. We started to meet at the end of August. Most of our concerts usually have six to seven rehearsals on Tuesday evenings, also in Lincoln, and you can tell they are one of our biggest supporters and partners over the years. And so, typically, six or seven repetitions. We do four indoor concerts each year, so in October, December, February and April. And then, this year, we definitely plan to be back in Riverside Park in May and Memorial Day weekend for our annual Riverside Park Pops concert.

Lisa Barry: Can you just show up or do you have to buy a ticket in advance?

Adam Riccinto: For this program you can get tickets at the door but we ask people if you can buy them online ahead of time just to cut down on ticketing time that would be great. And these tickets are available on a2tix dot com, but if people like our Facebook page or go to Ypsilanti Symphony dot org and links to the ticket portal, as well as directions to the Lincoln Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, are available there. .

Lisa Barry: We will link to your links with this interview on our webpage, WEMU dot org. Adam Riccinto, musical director, founder of the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra. We can’t wait to hear from you making music again.

Adam Riccinto: Well, we appreciate it, Lisa. We appreciate WEMU’s support and partnership over the years. We’ve been working together for a long time, especially on our jazz series, and now we’re so grateful to have the chance to visit you today. Thank you for inviting me.

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