Loveland High School students with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians in Music Hall on April 2, 2019. Left to right: Dee Sparks (viola), Jacob Kiley, Luke Faessler, Rick Vizachero (bass) and Evan Dial. (Photo credit: Mark Lyons, Lyons Photography.)

Cincinnati, Ohio – Three students from Loveland High School (LHS) had the honor of performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on April 2. Seniors Evan Dial (saxophone and oboe) and Jacob Kiley (viola), and Sophomore Luke Faessler (bass) – all members of the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra (CSYO) Philharmonic – performed Boleroby Maurice Ravel and An American in Parisby George Gershwin at a concert in Cincinnati’s Music Hall.

“It was the first time I could really hear and feel the presence of the bass in such a large combined orchestra,” said Luke Faessler. “The professionals’ sense of humor created a welcoming kinship that made it really fun to play alongside them.”

The CSYO consists of two full orchestras made up of 200 of the region’s most talented young musicians in grades 7-12. The students are members of their school bands or orchestra programs and joined the CSYO after passing a competitive audition at the beginning of the school year. Both ensembles rehearse weekly throughout the year. The Philharmonic, the most advanced of the two orchestras, performs four concerts in Music Hall and an annual Memorial Day concert in Eden Park.

The side-by-side concert on April 2 also featured the winner of the CSYO Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Sophomore Andrew Yang from Seven Hills, who performed Carmen Fantasieby Franz Waxman.

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