Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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May 8, 2014

Out & About: Big band sounds for a Saturday

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Diehl, the winner of the 2013 NEC Preparatory School Concerto Competition (Category B), will perform two movements of Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonies Espagnole” with the school’s Youth Repertory Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Jane Ezbicki.

The 13-year-old Diehl began his violin studies at age 4 with Adrienne Caselle of Andover and quickly became a participant in local Suzuki festivals, attending Suzuki institutes for five summers in Maine, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.

Diehl has gone on to study with NEC Preparatory School faculty member Cate Howard for five years. During that time, he entered the preparatory school orchestra program, where he is currently a first violinist in the Youth Symphony. For the past two years, he has been a student of Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist and NEC faculty member Jason Horowitz.

A seventh-grader at Wood Hill Middle School, Diehl is a member of the school orchestra, math team and Academic Bowl. He is also an avid tennis player and has won several USTA tournaments.

Young cellist closes out BSO family series

Ten-year-old cellist David Irza of Andover took the stage with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra last month as Boston Symphony Orchestra closed out its 2013-2014 Family Concert Series at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Irza was among the 80 musicians performing with the BYSO’s Young People’s String Orchestra as part of the program titled “Bon Voyage.” The Young People’s String Orchestra is comprised of 7- to 12-year-olds.

Members of the Intensive Community Program, a training program that brings classical music instruction to underrepresented communities, were also part of the program that showcased pieces from around the world, including works by Dvorak, Haydn and Rossini, and featured a magic show, too.

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