Youth Symphony to Pittsburgh, closing fund drive

JAMESTOWN What could be more exciting for a young musician than the opportunity to meet professional musicians and then hear them perform?

Students of the three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras enjoyed a pre-concert visit with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Then the young people and their chaperones took their seats in the beautiful 2,676-seat Heinz Hall and heard the orchestra accompany a screening of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Following the concert, everyone enjoyed dinner at Bucca di Beppo in Pittsburgh’s Station Square. On their trip back to Jamestown the students talked of the memories they made that will last a lifetime.

“It was a truly amazing day,” noted CRYS board member and trip organizer Anne Dolce. “This is the first CRYS has arranged an outing like this, but it was such a good experience that I know we will want to plan similar trips in the future.”

CRYS has three orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string players, Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college. Under the leadership of music director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode, they have learning opportunities that are not available anywhere else in the Chautauqua area, including an intense weekend workshop at Chautauqua Institution.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony is in the final stages of its annual fund drive. Included in the ways CRYS shows appreciation for its contributors are by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs and through complimentary admissions to the Spring Gala Concerts on Sunday, May 5, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

CRYS receives critical support from foundations and other organizations in the community. While parents, board members and students participate in fund raising events, donations from individuals and local businesses are essential to CRYS’s survival. Board members were especially appreciative of a significant individual contribution this season from Jon and Aubin Gren.

Tax-deductible donations to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony can be mailed to Post Office Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.