A Year in Concert

Conductor Farkhad Khudyev looks forward to Sunday’s concert marking the end of the Youth Music Monterey County academic calendar as a chance to showcase developing talent and watch the two orchestras collaborate with the Junior Youth Orchestra. The event celebrates Mother’s Day, as well.

When conductor Farkhad Khudyev describes this weekend’s concert at the Sunset Center, it’s hard not to imagine a kind of musical decoupage. Youth Music Monterey County closes the academic year, so he tries to sample from everything the students have accomplished.

“For the last concert of every season I try to feature all of the programs of Youth Music Monterey,” Khudyev says. “It’s a collage-type of concert, where you get to see all the fruits of the year.”

Appearing for Sunday’s Mother’s Musical Souvenir Concert will be the organization’s chamber groups – the Brass Ensemble, the Woodwind Ensemble and the Chamber Players, along with its two full orchestras, the Junior Youth Orchestra and the Honors Orchestra.

Two students will be featured. Violinist Courtney McDonald, winner of the Youth Orchestra competition, will address the third movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in A minor.

“Courtney is wonderful, talented and very hardworking,” Khudyev says. “She’s been concertmaster. She’s a dedicated leader.”

Clarinetist Daniel Hernandez won the Honors Orchestra competition, and will tackle Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino in E flat for Clarinet and Orchestra.

“It’s quite a success story – Daniel is a superstar,” Khudyev says. “He had some difficult times growing up and now he’s a determined and talented young man. When he graduates soon, he’s going to conservatory in Fullerton under the auspices of members of the L.A. Philharmonic. It’s pretty incredible.”

YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY MOTHER’S MUSICAL SOUVENIR CONCERT 3pm Sunday, May 13. Sunset Center, San Carlos and Ninth, Carmel. $4.99/students; $9.99/seniors; $19.99/general admission; $29.99/dress circle. 375-1992, youthmusicmonterey.org

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