Concert Information

San Mateo Performing Arts Center

San Mateo High School
May 19, 2019
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Season Finale Concerts

There are finales and then there are FINALES, and this season closer is a concert that is sure to exhilarate and thrill beyond measure: we offer Gustav Mahler’s epoch-making Symphony No.1, aptly subtitled “Titan”. Mahler composed his gargantuan first symphony in 1888, leaving audiences and critics perplexed and at a loss to understand this ‘new’ music. The famous music critic Eduard Hanslick wrote “I sadly confess that this new symphony belongs to a type of music that in my own view is not music at all.” In this deeply moving work Mahler vividly portrays a powerfully heroic individual, including his life and sufferings and his struggle in the face of a fate to which he eventually succumbs. One hundred and thirty years later, we view this first of ten completed symphonies by Mahler as a classic masterpiece of unsurpassed beauty and drama. Our concert will also feature our senior soloist competition winners as well as Kabalevsky’s sparkling Overture to Colas Breugnon.

Leo Eylar, conductor

Kabalevsky: Overture to Colas Breugnon
Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Plus winners from the Graduating Senior Soloist Competition

Graduating Senior Concerto Competition

Each year CYS holds a competition for its current members to select outstanding graduating seniors to be provided with an opportunity to perform with the orchestra on its season finale concerts. Winning the Concerto Competition is considered one of the highest honors at the California Youth Symphony.

While CYS is pleased to motivate and reward young musicians, the annual Concerto Competition is often more than a platform for students seeking a future in music.  While many past winners have gone on to pursue music professionally, a number of competition winners have pursued education and careers in fields as diverse as biology, physics, and engineering.  The California Youth Symphony considers it a pleasure to work with and inspire some of the leading minds of tomorrow and cultivate a lifelong appreciation of the arts as they become audience members of the future.


Leo Eylar
Music Director
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