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AYP In Concert - November 5, 2017

American Youth Philharmonic
November 5, 2017  I  3:00pm
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center
4915 E Campus Drive, Alexandria

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Join us at 2:15 p.m. in the concert hall for a special prelude concert, featuring students from the AYPO harp ensemble!

Sylvia Alimena   Interim AYP Music Director & Conductor

Sylvia Alimena
Interim AYP Music Director & Conductor

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Constance Walsh   Associate Artistic Director & Choreographer

Constance Walsh
Associate Artistic Director &

Sylvia Alimena, conductor
Jennifer Montone, horn
with BalletNova Center for Dance

TCHAIKOVSKY   Coronation March
GLIERE                Concerto for Horn in B-flat major, Op. 91
                                   Jennifer Montone, horn
MUSSORGSKY   Pictures at an Exhibition (Orchestrated by M. Ravel)
                                    with dancers from BalletNova


About the Guest ArtistS

Grammy Award Winner and AYPO Alum Jennifer Montone has been hailed by the New York Times for her "flawless horn solos... and warm and noble sound".  As Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a world acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and teacher, she has been on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School since joining the orchestra in 2006.     

Previously the Principal Horn of the Saint Louis Symphony and Associate Principal Horn of the Dallas Symphony, Ms. Montone was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and coaches on occasion at the New World Symphony. She was third horn of the New Jersey Symphony from 1997-2000, and has performed as a guest artist with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. 

Ms. Montone regularly performs as a soloist, with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, among others.  Her recording of the Penderecki Horn Concerto, "Winterreise" with the Warsaw National Philharmonic won a 2013 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Classical Compendium".  Other recordings include "Jennifer Montone Performs"- her first solo cd, "Still Falls the Rain"- works of Benjamin Britten, "Gabrieli" by the National Brass Ensemble, "Philadelphia Orchestra, Tchaikovsky and Ewald"- featuring the orchestra's principals brass quintet, and Song of Shinobeu"- works of Haruka Watanabe. 

Ms. Montone made her Carnegie Weil Hall solo recital debut on October 22, 2008.  She has enjoyed appearing as a featured artist at many International Horn Society workshops, and as a soloist and collaborator with artists such as Emmanuel Ax, Eric Owens, Christoph Eschenbach, Shmeul Ashkenazi, and Joseph Silverstein, and David Soyer, among many others.

As a chamber musician Ms. Montone performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, National Brass Ensemble, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Bravo Vail Chamber Music Festival,Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Spoleto Italy Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. 

Ms. Montone is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julie Landsman, legendary pedagogue and former principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera.   In May 2006 Ms. Montone was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also the winner of the 1996 Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year Award in London, England.  A native of northern Virginia, Ms. Montone studied with Edwin Thayer, principal horn of the National Symphony, in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program.  She is married to double bass player, Timothy Ressler, and immensely enjoys spending time with her two young sons, Max and Felix. 


Constance Walsh is a faculty member, as well as the Associate Artistic Director at BalletNova. Ms. Walsh began her training in New Jersey with Victor Fokine, continuing at the French School of Ballet. She attended the New Jersey School of Performing Arts  training with William Inglis. After working with Daniel Nagrin, Ms. Walsh moved to New York City in 1971 to attend the Martha Graham School on full scholarship for 8 years.  

Ms. Walsh danced with Martha Graham, Pearl Lang, Sara Rudner and John Goodwin. In New York, she started her own company Lacey/Strom. Her work was chosen by Martha Graham to be in the Young Choreographers Series in 1975. She began her teaching career in the 1980s after moving to DC to perform with Larry Ensign. 

In 1991, she started her own studio Classworks in Easton, MD. Designing a 4 studio/theater space, she created a new company, Dance Harrison Street. Her work was honored by Governor and Mrs. Glendening at the Governor’s Mansion in 1998. She was appointed by the Governor to the Maryland State Arts Council where she served for six years. After moving back to DC she became a member of the great faculty at BalletNova Center for Dance. Ms. Walsh has choreographed several pieces on BalletNova including “Blue Sox," "Sigame," and City Thoughts.” She is thrilled to collaborate for the second time with AYPO. 

BalletNova Center for Dance, founded in 1981, is dedicated to educating and mentoring dancers in a positive, nurturing environment and preserving the traditions of classical ballet through quality dance productions and education. Formerly Arlington Center for Dance/The Center Dance Company, the organization moved to a beautiful six-studio 20,800 square foot state-of-the-art facility in 2008, and offers classes in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, and conditioning for children, teens and adult dancers. []