Op­por­tu­nity for city youth of­fers cre­ativ­ity

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The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS -

ur­ing the sum­mer I wrote about how won­der­ful it was that folks like Judy Rus­sell cre­ate top notch arts train­ing and per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties for our city’s youth. So I am ex­cited to share with you a cou­ple of other youth-fo­cused arts events that are com­ing up. We have so many tal­ented youths in this city and we re­ally need to in­vest in op­por­tu­ni­ties to keep them en­gaged with artis­tic pur­suits. The ben­e­fits are im­mea­sur­able – for them, for their fam­i­lies, and for our com­mu­nity.

The Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil, The Prince Ge­orge Sym­phony Orches­tra and The Prince Ge­orge Conservatory of Mu­sic, are co-host­ing the first-ever Prince Ge­orge Young Cana­dian Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, oc­cur­ring Fri­day, Oct. 20 to Sun­day Oct. 22.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture work­shops and per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal young mu­si­cians age 19 and un­der, for the oc­ca­sion of Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions.

Par­tic­i­pants can ei­ther be tak­ing pri­vate mu­sic lessons, or can be band stu­dents at our high schools.

All young mu­si­cians are wel­come, and the pro­grams are com­pletely free!

Stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to work with top mu­sic professionals as well as the chance to per­form along­side the PGSO and PGCM fac­ulty. Work­shops will take place on Fri­day, Oct. 20 at the PG Conservatory, at 3555 Fifth Av­enue.

On Satur­day, Oct. 21, the PGCM will be host­ing the PGSO’s an­nual Youth Con­certo Com­pe­ti­tion at 2 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be a Fac­ulty Recital fea­tur­ing se­lected work­shop par­tic­i­pants as well as PGSO mem­bers and PGCM fac­ulty.

Fi­nally, on Sun­day, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m., the PGSO’s O Canada! con­cert will fea­ture se­lected work­shop par­tic­i­pants both in the orches­tra and as soloists. All events will be free to par­tic­i­pants, ad­di­tion­ally fam­i­lies of par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a dis­counted ticket price of $15 for the Sun­day PGSO con­cert.

In­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to con­tact the PG Con­ser­va­tor or Stu­dio 2880. You can reach the PGCM of­fice at 250 564 7467 or the Stu­dio 2880 of­fice at 250-563-2880. You may also visit stu­dio2880.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

And keep your eyes open for news about another youth art event com­ing up, the PG Teen Art Show­case be­ing pro­duced by the Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil and the Prince Ge­orge Li­brary. The event will start with a free work­shop for young artists, with some of the city’s top pro­fes­sional artists, on Satur­day, Nov. 25.

The pro­gram will con­clude with a month-long ex­hibit and art auc­tion dur­ing the month of Fe­bru­ary.

There will be cash prizes, free art sup­plies, pub­lic re­cep­tions and the chance to see your art.

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