The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently received a grant from Pizza Hut's Raising Dough for Kids Foundation toward its trip next spring to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony.
"We are planning a wonderful experience for our young musicians," said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson, "and we are so grateful to Pizza Hut for this help in covering our costs."
After the holidays, rehearsals will begin for all three CRYS orchestras: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians, Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) for intermediate musicians, and the Youth Symphony for highly talented and motivated musicians ages 13 through college.
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) recently received a grant from Pizza Hut’s Raising Dough for Kids Foundation toward its trip next spring to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. CRYS students will have a meet-and-greet with members of the orchestra before their concert in Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, pictured above.
Next March, CRYS students will travel to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra accompany a screening of "The Wizard of Oz" in Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall. Prior to the performance, the students will have a meet-and-greet with the musicians. Plans are for a pizza party after the concert at the popular Buca di Beppo restaurant.
The string players of the Youth Symphony will be at the Chautauqua Mall on Saturday evening, Dec. 7, at 7. The next evening they will present their full concert, including some holiday favorites, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in downtown Jamestown, also at 7 p.m. There is no charge for either of these performances.
CRYS students pay tuition, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. For more information about CRYS and its programs for young musicians, call 664-2465, ext. 202, or visit the website at CRYouthSymphony.com.
Organizations that would like to have an ensemble from CRYS perform for them can call 664-2465, ext. 202, or email CRYSymphony@mac.com.