The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras (EPSYOs) and the El Paso Symphony (EPSO) will present their 6th annual Side-by-Side Concert. Led by music director Andy Moran, there will be over 300 musicians playing pieces including selections from Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and “Triumphant March,” and the Finale from Haydn’s “Farwell Symphony.” The grand finale will be Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” played by the most advanced students of the EPSYOs and the EPSO. Also performing will be flutist Gabriel Garcia, the 2013 EPSYOs Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winner. Gabriel began playing the flute at twelve years of age just for fun with the middle school band. After discovering a hidden passion for the instrument, he made the choice at fifteen to quit the piano, and make the flute his main focus. Gabriel is currently an instrumental performance major at the University of Texas at El Paso. He transferred from Weber State University in Utah during the fall of 2012 where he also held a position with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City since March of 2011. He plans to continue his education elsewhere to obtain his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in order to teach at a university. He has served as principal flute for every ensemble auditioned for during his college career. His past teachers have included: Anita Ford, Jeannine Goeckeritz, Jane Wadsworth, & Dr. April Clayton. He currently studies with Dr. Melissa Colgin and has been selected to perform in numerous masterclasses with some of the world’s foremost flute performers.