“The Young People’s Symphony Orchestra [is] about to perform a rich, challenging concert on Feb. 26,” featuring music by Adolphus Hailstork, Jennifer Higdon, and Dmitri Shostakovich writes Janos Gereben in Wednesday’s (2/23) San Francisco Classical Voice. “David Ramadanoff, YPSO’s music director since 1988, sees an upside to the pandemic downside: ‘For the first time, we oversold the hall.’ … Last week, YPSO had a full orchestra rehearsal for the first time in 2022…. ‘Our immunologist, Board President Dr. Yvonne Brouard, made sure everyone was safe,’ … said Ramadanoff…. [Says] violinist Maya Cox, 16: ‘…While our [virtual] rehearsals … last year were extremely helpful for learning the music, … I’m so grateful … to go back to in-person rehearsals…. I am beyond excited for our tour to Europe this summer … with some of my closest friends.’ … From June 21-29, YPSO will visit and perform in Leipzig, Prague, and Vienna…. Mika Watanabe is the parent of 14-year-old triplets who are YPSO members…. ‘As I watched their first rehearsal, I understood what my teens and all these young YPSO musicians are craving: the pure excitement of creating music, together, live…. Playing in orchestra is a powerful experience that you cannot have in any other way.’ ”