DCYO to Premiere ‘Vashti’ by Thomas Whitman

Saturday’s Delaware County Youth Orchestra concert will include the world premiere of a work entitled Vashti, which musically retells the Biblical story of Vashti, queen of Persia. Composer Thomas Whitman said the orchestral work is “dedicated to the musicians of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra and to their superb music director, my friend and colleague Andrew Hauze.”

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Whitman, who has been a professor of music at Swarthmore College since 1990, has collaborated with artists in theatre and ballet as well as musicians and composers in several genres and traditions. He is founder and co-director of Gamelan Semara Santi, Philadelphia’s only Indonesian percussion orchestra, and also directs the Chester Children’s Gamelan Project.

The Delaware County Youth Orchestra includes 86 local high school and middle school musicians. Their performance will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at Penncrest High School, 134 Barren Road, Media.

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