Taking It Home


Over two days in Spring 2015, the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra recorded a CD. The recording was made at Brendle Hall, Wake Forest University and at The Manifold, Pittsboro, NC. Featuring two pieces about the North Carolina region and the American classic Rhapsody in Blue, the album is titled “Taking it Home.”

Rusty Air in Carolina by Mason Bates, commissioned by the Winston-Salem Symphony in 2006, describes Bates’s memories of the Southern summer. The buzzing of cicadas and katydids blend with the sound of the orchestra, the blues, and the misty heat of a Southern dawn, to bring these memories to life. A Pilgrimage by Scott Shea was the winning submission in our inaugural GSYO Young Composers Competition. Peter Zlotnick and Nate Beversluis started this competition, open to all students in North Carolina ages 18 and younger, to motivate aspiring composers and give them the possibility to their have works performed by their peers. The piece describes Shea’s move from Texas to North Carolina while he was in early high school and portrays his mixed and varied feelings as he became established in a new home. Scott Shea graduated from Page High School, Greensboro, NC in 2015. George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue  concludes the album, with GSYO Music Director Nate Beversluis conducting from the piano.

Taking it Home is available in physical CD format, and as a download through Amazon and Spotify. It features beautiful cover design and artwork by GSYO Alumni Rachel Coates. Priced at $20, all proceeds benefit the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra program. It is available through as well as at Greensboro Symphony Pops concerts and at all GSYO concerts.