Glendale Youth Orchestra Presents ‘Peter and the Wolf’

Photo by by Marc MARRIOTT

On Sunday, Nov. 21 the Glendale Youth Orchestra, conducted by Henry Shin, will return to the historic Alex Theatre concert stage after 20 months away from live performances. Kicking off its 33rd season is “Peter and the Wolf” at 6 p.m. The program will feature a chamber size orchestra performing Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Anderson’s “The Typewriter” and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” featuring special guest narrator Brad Keimach, conductor emeritus.

The GYO is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Dept. of Arts and Culture.

Tickets are $16 and may be purchased from the Alex Theatre box office. Students, children and seniors may purchase tickets for $14.50 each. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. For more information, visit

Known for his “keen sense of timing, charisma, and leadership,” Henry Shin is steadily building a reputation as one of the most versatile conductors of his generation. Since 2015, he also serves as director of Orchestras at Pasadena City College. A strong proponent of bringing music to underserved youth in Los Angeles he is the music director and conductor of the nationally acclaimed Harmony Project Orchestras, Hollywood, the Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Porter Ranch and with the Kadima Conservatory Philharmonic in Pacoima.

Shin was appointed music director and conductor of the GYO in 2019

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley, master’s degree in conducting from the USC Flora L. Thornton School of Music and is currently completing his doctoral studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

The mission of GYO is to contribute to a world where exceptional young musicians are empowered to express themselves through music; to explore, appreciate, develop talent and a passion for music; to acquire skills, discipline, and enhanced creativity along the journey of musical education; to transform through music, as well as through life, into better citizens of communities and the world at large. The GYO stands for excellence, growth, passion and music for the young generations – believing that as in art, so in life.

Formed in 1989 by a group of Glendale music lovers and schoolteachers, the Glendale Youth Orchestra now attracts talented young musicians in grades six-12 and college music programs from all over Los Angeles County. Auditions for membership in the orchestra are ongoing. More information can be found at

The GYO has been a resident company of the Alex Theatre for more the 20 years. The GYO is also an emeritus premier LA Phil Youth Orchestra Mentorship Program. In 2007, GYO was selected to be a Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Partner Orchestra, which provides the members quality time to meet and learn from the Philharmonic members.