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Youth Orchestra performs with Guerrette
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Youth Orchestra performs with Guerrette

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EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — In its final concert of the 2016/2017 season, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra will treat Edmundston residents to a unique show on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 2 p.m., Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany.

300, Rue Martin, Edmundston,  with a special performance by New Brunswick guest artist and soloist Jessie Guerrette. 

“We are thrilled to be performing in Edmundston and to share the stage with the very talented Jessie Guerrette,” said NBYO CEO Ken MacLeod. “The bringing together of Jessie with our 75 young musicians promises to make for a wonderful show that I know residents will greatly enjoy.” 

“Inspiring Excellence” is the theme of this weekend’s performance, and will feature music by Tchaikovsky and Mozart, as well as two special selections by Leonard Bernstein.

Guerrette completed a Bachelor Degree in Voice Performance at Université de Moncton with voice professor Monette Gould. While at U of M, she performed roles such as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel (E. Humperdink), Noémie in Cendrillon (J. Massenet), Miss Silverpeal in an english version of Der Schauspieldirektor (W.A Mozart), Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief (G.C Menotti), Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito (W.A Mozart). She was a soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Dominica during the 2014 Spring Choral Festival in Moncton. 

She was one of the four New Brunswick representatives on the 2014 maritime tour with the National Youth Choir of Canada. She is also the recipient of the Elizabeth Armour award from the Greater Moncton Music Festival 2014. Jessie is now pursuing her Master degree in Performance-Vocal pedagogy at the University of Toronto under soprano Nathalie Paulin.

The concert will also highlight the many exciting activities the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has planned in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. With funding support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the NBYO is undertaking a number of activities to promote this special year. 

The mission of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra is to inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music. 

The NBYO has performed in some of the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, The Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China and the Musikverein, the home stage of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, in Vienna, Austria. In 2011, the Orchestra was awarded first place in the category of Symphony Orchestra at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.  It has five CD recordings and has received an East Coast Music Award for best classical recording.  In addition to performing with a high level of excellence, the Orchestra continues to commission original works, collaborate with guest conductors and performers, and tour both in New Brunswick, Canada and internationally.

The orchestra appreciates the support of UNI Financial Cooperation for the show. 

“We have partnered with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra for the past few years and it is with renewed happiness that UNI is a proud sponsor of the Edmundston event,” said Carole Martin. Associative Affairs Agent with UNI Financial Corporation. ‚Äč

Tickets can be purchased in Apollo News, Jean Coutu, Dépanneur Le P’Tit Donat and Resto La Bonne Assiette., as well as at the theatre an hour before concert time on performance day.