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Ruth Ezell Marks the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary

by Profiling Five of Its Members


St. Louis, MOJanuary 27, 2011—The Nine Network’s weekly seriesLiving St. Louis celebrates the 40th anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra by profiling five of its musicians. The episode will be broadcast Monday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. and rebroadcast Saturday, February 5 at 3:30 p.m.


The five young people featured in the program are:


  • 16-year-old Jecoliah Wang (Youth Orchestra Concertmaster), a 10th-grader at Metro Academic and Classical High School (part of the St. Louis Public Schools)
  • 17-year-old Caleb Small (double-bass), a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • 16-year-old Jasmine Scott (violin), an 11th-grader at Freeburg (Illinois) Community High School
  • 14-year-old Grant Riew (cello), an 8th-grader at John Burroughs School
  • 17-year-old Shelby Nugent (French horn), a junior at Waterloo (Illinois) Senior High School


This episode includes footage taped at Powell Hall in November 2010 of the orchestra’s first concert of its 40th anniversary season. In addition to the young people interviewed at their homes and schools, Nine producer Ruth Ezell spoke on camera with conductor Ward Stare; former St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin (who founded the Youth Orchestra in 1970 when he was the Symphony’s assistant conductor); and Symphony bassoonist Felicia Foland (the first alum of the Youth Orchestra to join the SLSO). There are currently six former Youth Orchestra members in the Symphony, which is a testament to the caliber of the Youth Orchestra.


Ezell has produced many stories for Living St. Louis about the involvement of area young people in music, including one about Lindbergh High School’s marching band and another about Kirkwood High School’s symphonic orchestra’s trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall. Said Ezell, “It was just as gratifying to work on this latest project. When I hear the individual back stories of these marvelous young people, I can’t help but root for them and wish them the very best as they travel life’s path.”


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