NATHAN DELONG MIRAMICHI LEADER
Music lovers in Miramichi were in for a treat at the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra performance on the weekend.
The orchestra opened its 2018-19 season with a concert that packed the James M. Hill Memorial High School auditorium Sunday afternoon.
The show marked the first time the award-winning 80-member orchestra played in Miramichi since 2016.
In a news release, orchestra CEO Ken MacLeod said the group was thrilled to return to the city.
“This year, we were blessed with a record number of auditions and a strong orchestra of some of the most talented young musicians in Canada,” MacLeod said in the release.
The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra features several of the province’s most talented young musicians. It aims to inspire children and youth to reach their potential through learning and performing orchestral works.
The orchestra has performed in several world-renowned concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
Sunday’s concert included orchestral classics by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and symphony pieces from Russian pianist and composer Dmitri Shostakovich, along with a clarinet solo.
Orchestra conductor Tony Delgado regularly paused during the show to engage with the audience and explain the group’s renditions.
“These pieces not only differ in the experience for the listener, but also for the technical challenges our musicians experience in playing them,” he said in the release.
The orchestra season includes stops in Edmundston on Nov. 18, Saint John on Jan. 13 and Fredericton on Feb. 10. The season finale is set for March 23, 2019 in Moncton.