JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) is kicking off its 2011-2012 season with a free concert on Sunday.
The string players of the Youth Symphony have been rehearsing since September for the Chamber Concert at 7 pm in the beautiful SS. Peter and Paul Church at 508 Cherry St. in downtown Jamestown.
The Chamber Orchestra, composed of highly talented and motivated 13- to 21-year-olds, includes students from throughout the area, including music students from Jamestown Community College.
These string players of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony are in rehearsal for a free concert they are performing on Sunday. Conducted by Bryan Eckenrode, the Chamber Concert will be at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown.
Accomplished musician and CRYS music director Bryan Eckenrode is leading rehearsals and will conduct the performance.
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has two other performing groups. The Young Artists Orchestra is composed of intermediate level musicians, and the Prelude Strings is the beginning strings orchestra. All students are selected by teacher recommendation.
The full Youth Symphony and Young Artists Orchestra begin rehearsals on Dec. 3. Prelude rehearsals begin in February.
The public is invited to the Nov. 20 Chamber Concert at no charge. A freewill offering will be taken.
For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and opportunities for young musicians, call 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.