JAMESTOWN - "I don't know what we'd do without the wonderful support of the Community Foundation!"
That was Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) board president Tanya Anderson's reaction to the recent grant CRYS received from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
The Community Service Grant was in support of the honorarium for CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode.
Conductor and Music Director Bryan Ecken-rode.
Anderson noted Ecken-rode has been the driving force of CRYS since 2003, when there was a single orchestra.
Under his leadership, two more orchestras have been formed: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players. The Youth Symphony remains the premier performance group of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through 20.
All three orchestras are rehearsing now for their Spring Gala Concert on May 6 at 4 p.m. in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown.
"This is a very special event for us," Anderson said, "as it celebrates the completion of our 25th season. We invite all the community to join us for wonderful music and a beautiful reception afterward."
Tickets for the concert are available from all orchestra members and at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 E. Third St., 484-7070.
For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony. com.