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Youth Symphony Prepares For Concert

The Chamber Orchestra of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony prepares to presents their Fall Chamber Concert on Sunday, at 7 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lakewood. The free performance will be under the baton of Bryan Eckenrode. A small reception will follow. Submitted photo

LAKEWOOD — The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony opens its 2019-20 season on Sunday at 7 p.m., with its Fall Chamber Orchestra Concert.

The Chamber Orchestra, the most advanced of the youth symphony’s three orchestras, will perform in the Judith Social Hall of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood. A reception will follow the free performance and an offering will be taken.

Compositions in the program include “Orientale” by Cesar Cui, “Variations on a Theme by Handel” by Maurice C. Whitney, “Hatikvah” by Nikola Ovanin and “Festival March” by C.M von Weber.

Bryan Eckenrode, Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony music director and conductor, will conduct the concert. Eckenrode directs all three youth symphony orchestras: Prelude Strings, Young Artists Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra.

Registrations are being accepted for the spring concert cycle for beginning string players in Prelude Strings, intermediate students in YAO, and advanced students in Chamber Orchestra. Rehearsals for the spring start in January with a spring concert to be held at Chautauqua Institution’s Lenna Hall on May 31, 2020.

Membership in the organization is open to all students in Chautauqua County and surrounding areas who play an orchestral string, brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. There is no audition required to participate.

Interested students are encouraged to register directly on the CRYS website or reach out for more information. To learn more about the youth symphony, email ChautauquaRYS@gmail.com, visit CRYouthSymphony.com or the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony’s Facebook page.

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