April 18 concert marks out-of-state debut for orchestra led by Drew alumnus.

The Worcestor Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at Drew on Saturday.
The Worcestor Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at Drew on Saturday.

Jonathan Brennand C’08 returns to Drew on April 18 as the artistic director of the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra, made up of high school students from the Worcester, Massachusetts, area, will make its out-of-state debut when it performs with the Drew University Chorale and Choral Union at a spring concert at 8 p.m. this Saturday in the Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts.

General admission tickets are $5, and student attendance is free.

The orchestra will perform selections and the choral groups will perform, then all of the ensembles will join together for Te Deum in C Major by Joseph Haydn and Choral Fantasy Op. 80 by Beethoven.

The Drew Chorale and Choral Union will be under the direction of Matthew Webb, interim director of choral studies. The choral groups also will sing pieces by Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, James Mulholland, Stephen Paulus and a spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan.

Brennand will lead the Worcester Youth Orchestra and Worchester Youth Baroque Orchestra at Drew in pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov, Vivaldi and Bizet, concluding with selections from Stravinsky’s Firebird.

“Our collaboration with the Worcester Youth Orchestras is made all the more exciting by the fact that their conductor, Jonathan Brennand, is a Drew alumnus,” said Assistant Professor Jason Bishop of the music department. “The music department and our choral ensembles are delighted to welcome him home to the Drew University Concert Hall stage for what I know will be a very special and memorable evening.”

When he was a student at Drew, Brennand sang in the choir for four years, played violin in the orchestra for four years and became the orchestra president. He guest conducted while at Drew, completed an apprenticeship in Austria after graduation and earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Visit the music department website for more information about the upcoming concert.