JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has learned it will be receiving a major grant to support its Spring Gala Concert.
The Sunday, May 5 performance in the Reg Lenna Civic Center in downtown Jamestown will be 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.
The $2,000 grant supports 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.
"This is wonderful news," CRYS Board President Tanya Anderson said. "We are grateful for this award, as it will be a great help to us in bringing these talented professionals to our community."
Under the direction of Bryan Eckenrode, CRYS offers classical music education and performance opportunities through its three orchestras: Prelude Strings, the beginning string students; Young Artists Orchestra, intermediate instrumental students; and the Youth Symphony, highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college. All three orchestras will perform at the Spring Gala followed by a reception.
Loehrlein and King are looking forward to rehearsing and performing with the Youth Symphony. A passionate advocate of music education, Loehrlein was the founding director of the Symphony School of the HSO. She initiated partnerships with community organizations and five public school systems to provide innovative music education programs in the elementary schools.
King has long been involved in music education, teaching and coaching many youth ensembles as well as giving numerous solo performances in public and private schools.
Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert are available at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office, 116 E. Third St., 484-7070, or can be ordered on-line at reglenna.com.
For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit www.CRYouthSymphony.com.