We’ve had a couple of festive reports from member youth orchestras, and we’re pleased to share them with you.
The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra wraps up its 27th season on April 21 at the University of Victoria with a program that features a pair of soloists from the youth orchestra (namely, concertmaster Eehjoon Kwon and principal trombonist Liam Caveney) and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. The program is led by music director Yariv Aloni.
On St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra (WIYSO, led by Stewart Grant) and the Orchestre Symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (led by Jacques Clément) combined forces for the first phase of an exchange project, this phase based in Montreal, the WIYSO’s home. During the venture, the combined orchestras performed a Sunday afternoon concert of works by Holst (The Planets), Butterworth, Borodin and WIYSO’s own maestro, Stewart Grant; attended a concert by the OSM (during which they got to meet OSM music director Kent Nagano); and (according to our source) “were generally spoiled by the families who billeted the visiting musicians.” The story continues: April 5-7, the WIYSO boards a bus and heads to the Saguenay (many for the first time), where they will perform with their colleagues on April 7 in a program led by Jacques Clement. This program will feature violinist Laurence Lalancette, and a similar repertoire to that performed in Montreal last weekend.
Heartfelt thanks to Ken MacLeod of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Sistema NB, who led the first in a series of webinars for Canadian youth orchestras for Orchestras Canada last week. Ken told the story of the NBYO’s growth over the past 12 years, and extracted some highly applicable lessons from their experience for an engaged audience. We’ll announced dates for the next webinars shortly. In the meantime, the PowerPoint slides from Ken’s presentation are now available on our website, here.