Music director Laura Jackson and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra welcome Davidson Fellow Reylon Yount on the yangqin for Classix Two. The concert will feature the Suite from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Huang’s Spirit of the Yellow Earth-Concerto for Yangqin and Orchestra, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 op. 112 “The Year of 1917.”
October 6 & 8, 2013
Featuring Reylon Yount, Yangqin
COPLAND: Suite from Appalachian Spring
HUANG: Spirit of the Yellow Earth–Concerto for Yangqin and Orchestra
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 12, op. 112 “The Year of 1917”
Reylon Yount, Yangqin
Reylon Yount, a sophomore at Harvard University, grew up in San Francisco and has been performing on the yangqin for ten years. In addition to succeeding in Chinese music competitions, Reylon had the chance to study with Professor He Huang at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for two summers. Reylon is passionate about preserving the yangqin tradition, spreading Chinese culture through music, and integrating yangqin into different music genres in new ways. An adamant world music enthusiast, Reylon also enjoys playing Balinese gamelan music. In addition to solo performances, Reylon cites various unique collaborations as his favorite musical experiences, including improvising with Senegalese artists, playing percussion on cups and buckets with The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD), and performing in a student band, which also showcases strings, electric guitar, double bass, and harp, at Harvard’s annual spring concert, Yardfest.
Reylon attended the Chinese American International School, a bilingual school in San Francisco, from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. He then attended the International High School of San Francisco, where he studied Chinese literature as part of the International Baccalaureate program and earned a Bilingual IB Diploma. Reylon has competed in classical Chinese poetry recitals as well as Chinese speech contests, for which he has become nationally recognized. Having experienced firsthand the importance of a bilingual education, Reylon is very passionate about spreading Chinese language and culture. He now plans on studying environmental policy and East Asian studies. Outside of school, Reylon practices wushu, travels as much as possible, and watches sketch comedy.