Under the terms of its residency at UCLA, the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra performs once every three years with the UCLA Choral Union, the six-organization, massed chorus of university singers.
In 1986, the resulting concert, employing 67 instrumentalists from Debut and 233 members of the Choral Union, took place Sunday night in Royce Hall. After an orchestral warm-up via Haydn's Symphony No. 49, the musicians-in-training attempted to scale the heights of Verdi's Requiem.
It was a musically solid amalgamation. Led by UCLA choral chief William Hatcher, all these young musicians gave well-tuned, stylistically informed performances.
A few impure vowel sounds late in the evening notwithstanding, the choral contributions were mellow, precise and accurate. And the YMF players achieved splendid support, cohesive ensemble and high-quality solos. Except for some moments of too-careful, undramatic pacing, Hatcher's reading showed respect for the Verdian line and an appreciation of its myriad details.