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  • Crookston students to perform in Northern Valley Orchestras concert on Sunday

  • Event is at Empire Art Center in Grand Forks.
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  • Northern Valley Youth Orchestras announces the opening concert of its 2012-13 season, “Music Across the Arts” on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. Tickets are available at the door: general admission is $5, military and educator tickets are $3, and students 12 and under are free. A reception will follow the performance.
    The three NVYO orchestras performing provide training in symphonic technique and performance for young musicians aged 9 to 21. Each youth orchestra will present music inspired by and drawn from other art forms such as dance, theater, art, or cinema. Selections performed will represent a variety of genres, from television to theater music to classical Symphony movements, including themes from Dvorak’s New World Symphony and the finale of Beethoven’s 5th. Students from NVYO’s Crescendo Chamber Music Program will perform in the lobby twenty minutes prior to the concert.
    Three Crookston students are members of the Philharmonic Orchestra: Cindy Chen, Miguel Hernandez and Alexandra MacGregor.
    Ligia Feo de Drago conducts Allegro, an introductory-level string orchestra; Philharmonic, an intermediate string orchestra, is conducted by Suzanne Larson. The NVYO Symphony orchestra, conducted by Christina Chen-Beyers, is comprised of advanced string, wind, brass and percussion students. Program participants come from a 75-mile radius of Grand Forks and represent over a dozen area cities in Minnesota and North Dakota.
    Programming is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the North Valley Arts Council. In addition, this project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
    For more information about Northern Valley Youth Orchestras and affiliated programs call Executive Director Naomi Welsh at 701-213-0310 or visit the website at www.novyo.org
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