Feb. 19, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO), made up of more than 70 musicians between the ages of 12 and 22, has received $60,000 from the Province of New Brunswick for cultural relationship-building with China.
In existence since 1965, the NBYO has invested in the lives of young musicians building their musical skills as well as their cultural awareness, arts appreciation and understanding. Many NBYO alumni have gone on to successful musical careers, while hundreds of others have benefited from an experience that lasts a lifetime.
"The NBYO provides an excellent opportunity for young musicians throughout New Brunswick to build their musical skills by learning and performing orchestral music," Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said. "These youth are among our best and brightest up-and-coming musicians, and it is important that we support them in pursuit of their musical interests."
In July 2007 the NBYO will study and perform in China. The experience will include advanced learning through workshops and master classes, a performance at the Forbidden City Concert Hall and a recording in the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.
Also during the China trip, the NBYO will perform at the graduation ceremony of the Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada at the Great Hall of People in Tiananmen Square. Concord College is one of four New Brunswick-supported schools that have been established in China over the past ten years, through the education partnership New Brunswick has with China that was fostered with Dr. Francis Pang.
"This tour is an extraordinary and unique opportunity for our young musicians, and one of the most important challenges the orchestra has undertaken to date," said Ken MacLeod, president of the Board of Directors of the NBYO. "Once again this demonstrates the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra's leadership role and provides a model for other youth orchestras throughout the country."
The NBYO is gaining recognition throughout Canada and abroad. Over the last several years, the orchestra has played Carnegie Hall in New York City, recorded two successful CDs, performed in Parma Italy, and also performed the World Premiere of the St. Croix Island Suite, composed by New Brunswicker Alasdair MacLean, for an audience of 6,000 people at the 400th anniversary celebrations in St.-Croix.
Among the coaches for the NBYO are musicians from Symphony New Brunswick, the Saint John String Quartet, professors from the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, Université de Moncton, and private music teachers.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jason Humphrey, Education, 506-444-4714; Alison Aiton, Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445; Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606.