Youth Symphony Spring Gala Concert


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Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony

On Sunday evening, May 19, the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution will ring with music performed by the orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS).

The 7 p.m. Spring Gala Concert features the student musicians of CRYS’s Prelude Strings, Young Artists Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. They will be under the direction of acclaimed conductor and performer Bryan Eckenrode, who has been the organization’s Conductor and Music Director since 2003.

Among the works on the program are “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, John Williams’s “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” themes from Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite and Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, featuring soprano soloist Marie Karbacka. The combined orchestras are playing Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Fantasy on America: My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

In addition to regular rehearsals with Eckenrode, CRYS students have had intensive sectional coaching by professional performers/educators in preparation for this concert. Students who are also part of Suzuki at Lutheran have given other local performances, and some participated in the Jamestown Concert Association’s master class with the Russian String Orchestra.

The concert is free. There will be a basket raffle, and a freewill offering will be taken. A reception on the porch of Chautauqua’s Lenna Hall follows the performance.

To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, email or visit the website at or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.