JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for a spring enrichment experience for its musicians.
The grant will help cover the expenses for a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform "Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams." The trip will include supper at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and a "backstage" get-together with some of the orchestra members.
"We are so grateful for this support from the Community Foundation," said CRYS board president Katie Derrenbacher, "and this will be such a wonderful opportunity for our students!"
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars and More: The Best of John Williams.” The Star Wars theme was performed by the combined orchestras at last May’s Spring Gala Concert in Chautauqua Institution’s Elizabeth Lenna Hall, as pictured here.
The award comes from the Karl Peterson Field of Interest Fund.
CRYS sponsors three orchestras. Prelude Strings is the orchestra for beginning string players, primarily middle schoolers. Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) is a full orchestra for mid-level and above players, primarily upper middle and high school students. The most advanced orchestra, the String Chamber Orchestra, is for string players in high school and college. Students who study another instrument as well as a string can play in both YAO and the String Chamber Orchestra.
Derrenbacher noted that the Star Wars theme was performed by the combined orchestras at last May's Spring Gala Concert at Chautauqua, adding, "The students were delighted with this selection, so we expect the program by the Rochester Philharmonic to have great appeal."
A composer of classical concerti and other orchestral works, John Williams's music for Star Wars was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest American film score of all time. Its soundtrack was preserved by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation. Auditions were held recently to determine correct ensemble and seating placement.
Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons, while YAO and String Chamber Orchestra rehearse on Saturday morning and afternoon.
The season will culminate with the Spring Gala Concert scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2017, at Chautauqua Institution's Elizabeth Lenna Hall, recognized as the premier performance hall in the area.
CRYS students pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony shows appreciation for its contributors by recognition on its website and in printed concert programs. Tax-deductible gifts can be mailed to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony P.O. Box 3454, Jamestown, NY 14702.
To learn more about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call (716) 664-2465, ext. 202, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.CRYouthSymphony.comor the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony's Facebook page.