The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has launched its annual fund drive for the 2014-2015 season.
“We are excited about the wonderful opportunities that CRYS offers to talented and motivated young musicians and for what we offer to the community,” said board president Tanya Anderson.
Anderson pointed out that CRYS students give performances, several of which are free, that enrich the community, and that the students are enriched as well. “We know that whether music becomes their profession or their pastime, our students’ participation in a demanding performance group will have a long-term positive impact on their lives.”
At their November meeting, CRYS board members sent letters to previous and potential contributors, asking them to support the new season.
CRYS sponsors three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.
This 28th season will open with the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony performing their Chamber Concert on Sunday, November 23, at 7 p.m. in SS. Peter& Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in Jamestown. The program ranges from Mozart and Pachebel’s Canon to Lennon & McCartney and “Jazz Pizzicato.”
Under the professional leadership of Maestro Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS Music Director and Conductor since 2003, students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area.
The Youth Symphony has a Chautauqua Weekend of intensive coaching and rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution in early spring.
After trips the past two springs to meet some of the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and hear them perform, in April CRYS students will journey to Rochester to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra accompany The Peking Acrobats in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
Rehearsals for all three orchestras begin in January, with Prelude at Lutheran on Friday afternoons and the Youth Symphony and YAO at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts in downtown Jamestown on Saturday mornings.
CRYS students pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. CRYS receives essential funding from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students all participate in fund raising, support by individuals and local organizations and businesses is significant.
CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts.
Tax-deductible contributions to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.
For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.
Organizations that would like to have an ensemble from CRYS perform for them can call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.