Na­tional Youth Orches­tra at cen­tre

Tick­ets are free from the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - BY SALLY COLE sally.cole@the­guardian.pe.ca

The Na­tional Youth Orches­tra Canada (NYO Canada) is touching down in Char­lot­te­town for a con­cert on July 30 and that’s got board mem­ber Gre­gory Irvine ex­cited.

“I think it’s great for a P.E.I. au­di­ence to hear a full-sized orches­tra. It’s also great for the lo­cal stu­dents to hear it and get ex­cited about the sound,” says Irvine, of the per­for­mance that takes place at the Hom­burg Theatre of Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts at 4 p.m.

“They are play­ing a great reper­toire.”

The pro­gram will in­clude a va­ri­ety of mu­sic from com­posers such as Ravel, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

En­ti­tled, “Edges of Canada

Tour”, the con­cert is part of a cross-coun­try tour by NYO Canada as part of Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions this sum­mer.

Com­prised of the finest mu­si­cians in the na­tion be­tween the ages of 16 and 28, the 92-mem­ber group is hit­ting ma­jor cities, from Char­lot­te­town to Van­cou­ver and the Northwest Ter­ri­to­ries, per­form­ing free con­certs for the pub­lic. The tour fol­lows an in­ten­sive, month-long mu­si­cal train­ing pro­gram at Sir Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity.

It’s the first time in over a decade the orches­tra has played on P.E.I., and Char­lot­te­town au­di­ences are in for a treat, says Bar­bara Smith, NYO Canada ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

“We’re thrilled to have Jonathan Dar­ling­ton as our con­duc­tor. We’ve had him be­fore and the stu­dents adored him. He’s an amaz­ing teacher,” she says.

SALLY COLE/THE GUARDIAN

Bar­bara Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra of Canada (NYO Canada), and Greg Irvine, board mem­ber, make fi­nal plans for the July 30 per­for­mance of the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra at the Hom­burg Theatre of Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts in Char­lot­te­town at 4 p.m. Smith was in Char­lot­te­town re­cently to check out the venue and ac­com­mo­da­tions.

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