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classics Feb. 14-15 at Gallo Arts Center
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MODESTO Music Director David Lockington leads The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts in a concert of popular romantic classics in  celebration of Valentine’s Day. 

 The concert features David Lockington, cello, and his wife, acclaimed violinist Dylana Jenson, performing Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Ryan Murray conducting.  This is newly appointed Associate Conductor Ryan Murray’s MSO conducting debut. The program also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture plus features a special side-by-side performance by the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) with the MSO in Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla.

Tickets are $15 to $89. They are available through the Gallo Center for nArts Box Office, 338-2100. Box office hours are Monday through Fridauy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available online at

Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years.  After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, Mr. Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his Master's degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller.  He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist for three years with the Denver Symphony Orchestra before turning to conducting.

enson has performed with most major orchestras in the United States and traveled to Europe, Australia, Japan and Latin America for concerts, recitals and recordings. After her triumphant success at the Tchaikovsky Competition, where she became the youngest and first American woman to win the Silver Medal, she made her Age 17 - Tchaikovsky Competition Carnegie Hall debut playing the Sibelius Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Murray was appointed as Associate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra in November 2013 after also being appointed to the position of Music Director of the MSYO in June 2013. Ryan Murray is a highly regarded young conductor in steady demand throughout California. In addition to his recent appointment as Music Director for the MSYO, Ryan has also been named Artistic Director of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, with which he will make his conducting debut together with the MSYO in a joint concert at Carnegie Hall in June 2014. Widely praised for his skill on the podium, Ryan’s dynamic conducting, affable personality and deeply-held passion for the arts has allowed him to connect deeply with orchestras and audiences alike. Ryan is passionate about music education and has worked as a guest clinician for youth orchestras and choirs throughout California and has served previously as the co-director for the California Youth Symphony Summer Orchestra Camp.