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Youth orchestra was outstanding
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Youth orchestra was outstanding
Letter to the editor -- Telegraph Journal

What a performance Sunday by our New Brunswick Youth Orchestra!

Under the dynamic leadership of conductor Maestro Antonio Delgado, the young musicians thrilled our ears and spirits with their mastery of works ranging from Richard Kidd's New Brunswick-inspired Marco Polo Suite to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with a side-trip to Latin America via Arturo Marquez's exciting Conga del Fuego Nuevo.

SANDY BURNETT
Sackville

Telegraph Joural Artilcle

What a performance Sunday by our New Brunswick Youth Orchestra!

Under the dynamic leadership of conductor Maestro Antonio Delgado, the young musicians thrilled our ears and spirits with their mastery of works ranging from Richard Kidd's New Brunswick-inspired Marco Polo Suite to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with a side-trip to Latin America via Arturo Marquez's exciting Conga del Fuego Nuevo.

I'm not claiming the performance was flawless. The musicians are mostly in their teens and will develop their abilities for years to come. What was impressive was the excellence they have attained so early in their careers.

It was evident in the mature clarity of their sound; their alert attentiveness to their conductor; the rhythmic energy of their bodies as they made music. This didn't happen overnight.

The NBYO has been enriching the musical experience of young New Brunswickers for more than 40 years. Each generation has stood on the shoulders of those who went before. Thus, if we were thrilled by Sunday's concert, we also owe a debt of appreciation to those who have guided it, from founder Stanley Saunders in the 1960s to the devoted leadership of Rodney McLeod and James Mark.

Through those years, countless mentors, patrons and volunteers have built the organization, step by successive step. Sunday, it was clear that it has been well prepared for the next exciting advance, and that Maestro Delgado possesses the energy, charisma, and talent to lead them to new heights. Bravissimo!

SANDY BURNETT
Sackville