JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony received an award from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program to support the guest artists at its recent Spring Gala Concert.
The concert was held in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown with performances by all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string musicians; Young Artists Orchestra of intermediate students; and the Youth Symphony of highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.
The United Arts Appeal grant supported the appearances of guest artists Evelyn Loehrlein, principal flutist with the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony Orchestra, and Sidney King, instructor of double bass at the University of Louisville School of Music.
Bassist Sidney King is shown here performing with the Youth Symphony and CRYS Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode at the Spring Gala Concert.
Loehrlein played the solo in the Youth Symphony's performance of Charles T. Griffes' "Poem for Flute and Orchestra." The Youth Symphony closed the program with King's composition "Duende al Rogo! (Buleria)" in which he was the soloist.
A reception was held on the mezzanine of the theatre following the concert.
Under Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony offers classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college. Students are accepted into CRYS orchestras on the basis of teacher recommendations.
The concert was also funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.