Youth Symphony Readies For Spring Concert

The three orchestras of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony have been rehearsing since January for their Spring Gala Concert.

The intermediate instrumental students of the Young Artists Orchestra and the Youth Symphony’s highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians rehearse on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Prelude Strings, the youth symphony’s orchestra for beginning string musicians, will join these two orchestras for their concert at The Reg on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m.

All the young people perform under the leadership of conductor and music director Bryan Eckenrode.

Eckenrode’s broad background includes serving as principal cellist of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony, both of which he has also guest conducted, and the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra. He is also conductor and music director of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. Eckenrode has recorded not only as a cellist, but as a bagpiper and flutist. He is an adjunct professor at Canisius College and Jamestown Community College, director of the string department at Villa Maria College, and on the music faculty at the renowned Nichols School in Buffalo.

Music on the program will wide-ranging, including Goldsmith’s “Viva Vivaldi,” Strauss’s “Thunder and Lightning Polka,” “Menuetto” from Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, “Largo” from Handel’s Xerxes, Brahms’s “Hungarian Dance No. 5” and “Led Zeppelin Reunion.”

The Young Artists Orchestra and the Youth Symphony will combine to close the program with “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)/Edge of Glory.”

A reception will be held on the mezzanine of the theatre following the performance.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. They can be purchased through the box office of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, in person at 116 E. Third St., by phone at 484-7070, or online at

CRYS receives support from local foundations and other community organizations and individuals, including a significant individual contribution this season from Jon and Aubin Gren.

For more information about the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, call 664-2465, ext. 202, visit