Article Contributed by
Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony Board
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is opening its 29th season with performances by the Chamber Orchestra, the advanced string players of the Youth Symphony.
On Friday evening, November 13, at 7 p.m. these young musicians will perform at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood,, New York. CRYS music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode will conduct the performance, which is free and open to the public.
After providing the entertainment for the Scandinavian Foundation’s holiday dinner a week later, the Chamber Orchestra will present their annual concert on Sunday evening, November 22. The 7 p.m. event will be at SS. Peter & Paul Church, 508 Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown. This is also a free concert, open to the public.
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony 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 in high school and college.
Nominated by teacher recommendation and selected by audition, CRYS students have learning opportunities that are unique in the Chautauqua area. In recent years they have taken field trips to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a screening of The Wizard of Oz and the Rochester Philharmonic accompany the Peking Acrobats.
In the spring the Youth Symphony has a weekend of intensive ensemble practices and full rehearsals at Chautauqua Institution in preparation for the Spring Gala Concert. The Gala, featuring all three orchestras, is planned for Sunday, May 15, 2016, in the Elizabeth Lenna Hall on the Institution grounds.
Regular 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.
Orchestra members pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay.
To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.
To schedule an ensemble to perform for your organization, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.