Loudoun Symphony presents
My, Oh My Oh My!
LSYO Commissioned Quentin Walston to arrange a tribute to the jazz greats in celebration of Black History Month. With the help of Catoctin School of Music, we assembled one of the most unique ensembles from both LSYO and CSM to record “My, Oh My Oh My!” featuring members of LSYO Philharmonic and Symphonic orchestras, CSM students and a few special additions.
“My, Oh My Oh My” is a medley of Thelonious Monk’s “Let’s Cool One”, Miles Davis’ “Milestones”, and Charles Mingus’ “Better Get it in Your Soul”. With a motley ensemble of both classical and jazz players, Walston captured the full essence of Monk, Miles and Mingus.
Opening Music: Pipe Smoke by Quentin Walston
Anna Chen, flute, has played flute for 4 years and piano for 8 years. She is currently an 8th Grader at Rachel Carson Middle School and this is her first year with LSYO.
Karis Huang, clarinet, studies both clarinet and piano and attends Rock Ridge High School . This is her first year with LSYO.
Xander Ulreich, alto sax, is a 7th grader at Smart’s Mill Middle School, and studies sax and bassoon at CSM. This is his second year playing bassoon with LSYO.
Forrest Rhodes, tenor sax, is a senior at LCHS and studies sax at CSM. He was featured in LCHS marching band during their national win, and will be attending Penn State in the fall.
Lisa Fiorilli, bari sax, has taught sax at CSM since 2010 and is currently a music teacher with LCPS. Ms. Fiorilli performs sax literature of all styles.
Emily Banner, bassoon, has played the bassoon for 4 years. She studies with Matt Ogden at CSM and is currently playing with LSYO for her second year.
Charles Andress, bassoon, is a sophomore at Stonebridge High School, where he also plays tenor sax. This is his first year with LSYO.
Ava Loh, horn, is a sophomore at Rock Ridge High School and studies horn at CSM. She is also an accomplished ballerina with Loudoun School Of Ballet
Benjamin Dickson, trumpet, has been playing trumpet for 6 years, one year with LSYO. He is looking forward to attending The Ohio State University and majoring in music.
Michael Hogye, trumpet, is a freshman at LCHS and studies trumpet at CSM. He is in his second year with LSYO.
Corwin Neat, trombone, has played trombone for 10 years and is studying to become a music teacher at Shepherd University. He has also subbed in the LYSO Philharmonic
Daniel Burbano, piano, has studied piano for 8 years and percussion for 5 years. He has been the principal percussionist of the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2019, is a member of his high school Concert Band, and also plays pipe organ.
Quentin Walston is an active composer, pianist, and music educator in Loudoun County. He composes for piano, his jazz trio, and large ensembles, blending memorable melodies and striking rhythms with adventurous improvisations. Quentin draws inspiration from Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, as well as more contemporary jazz creatives such as Maria Schneider and John Hollenbeck. As an educator, Quentin spreads the joy of learning and playing music to individuals and groups of all ages. In addition to composing “My, Oh My Oh My," Quentin released a new album written for his trio. “The Good Book Suite”, based on his favorite passages in Scripture, showcases his development in improvisation and composition. He can be heard on QuentinWalston.com.
Thelonious Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser", "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.
Miles Davis was an American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.
Charles Mingus Jr. was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer, and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history, with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.
Thank you to Wayne Estes, audio/video Jedi master for the stunning recording and Leesburg Community Church for the generous use of their space.
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