JAMESTOWN Rehearsals begin this Saturday for two of the orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS).
Following their recent chamber concert with selections ranging from Bach's Brandenburg Concerto to Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones, the string musicians of the Youth Symphony will be joined by advanced brass, wind and percussion players. Their first rehearsal will be Dec. 3 on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.
Rehearsals also begin at the Reg on Saturday for the intermediate musicians of the Young Artists Orchestra.
Under the direction of conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the string musicians of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony performed a beautiful concert recently in SS. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown. Advanced wind and percussion players will join the Youth Symphony rehearsals beginning this Saturday, Dec. 3. The Young Artists Orchestra, for intermediate players, also begins rehearsals Saturday on the stage of the Reg Lenna Civic Center.
Both groups are led by CRYS music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode. A celebrated performer and director, Eckenrode has been at the helm of CRYS since 2003, inspiring students with his energy, expertise, experience and enthusiasm.
In addition to perfecting their musical skills through rehearsals, workshops, and performances, CRYS students and their families receive free or reduced admission to concerts presented by the Jamestown Concert Association and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Tuition assistance is available thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Students for both these orchestras are selected by teacher recommendation.
Rehearsals begin for CRYS's third orchestra, Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, on Friday, February 24 at Lutheran Social Services.
For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and opportunities for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.