The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 29, 2014

Johnstown Symphony to showcase its ‘Young Talents and Shining Brass’

JOHNSTOWN — Musicians of all ages will join together for “Our Young Talents and Shining Brass.”

The concert will be presented by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Young musicians of the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra will join the adult orchestra in a side-by-side concert, and the symphony’s principal trumpet, Matthew Barabas, will perform a solo.

“This is an exciting and treasured time to have our young people sitting with their peers,” said Maestro Istvan Jaray, the symphony’s music director and conductor.

“They will get to have a taste of a real concert and learn to what level they have to rise to play professionally.”

Jaray believes that these side-by-side concerts help to keep the flickering light of classical music alive.

“They are the ones who will take over the torch and carry on,” he said.

“Some will go into professional music, and this is training for their future.”

The Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra includes young musicians of exceptional talent, and the program Jaray has chosen for them is challenging.

“It will be an enjoyable evening,” Jaray said. “They all love it and have prepared diligently.”

Jaray said the young musicians will play on their own for 10 to 15 minutes at the beginning of the concert to show the audience their talent.

“The youth orchestra has their own concerts, but those are attended mostly by relatives and friends,” Jaray said.

“This concert is different because the audience is used to listening to professionals. This audience will be more critical.”

The youth orchestra will play three selections at the start of the evening and join the adult orchestra for four selections at the end, including Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Ives’ “Variations on America” also will be featured.

“The JSO is committed to nurturing and showcasing local talent,” said JSO board president, Dennis McNair.

“This concert demonstrates that splendidly with a featured solo by our gifted principal trumpet, Matt Barabas, a Westmont High graduate, and member of our own Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, playing side-by-side with JSO musicians.”

Barabas, a Johnstown native, was named principal trumpet for the symphony in the 2011-12 season, and will dedicate his solo performance of Arutiunian’s “Trumpet Concerto” to the memory of Larry McGiboney, his fellow trumpeter and friend.

He attended the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in biology. While at Pitt, Barabas began trumpet studies at Carnegie-Mellon University.

After two years at Pitt and an unexpected meeting with jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, he decided to change career paths and transferred to Carnegie-Mellon to major in music.

While at Carnegie Mellon, Barabas played in the university’s philharmonic orchestra, jazz band and contemporary and wind ensembles.

Barabas also is a member of the Touch of Brass quartet and Jazz in Your Face big band.

He maintains a private trumpet studio in Johnstown, and is employed by Volkwein’s Music, where he is general manager.

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What: “Our Young Talents and Shining Brass.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets: $37 and $32.

Information: 269-7200 or


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