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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Symphony Week in Full Swing!

Peterborough, ON – The city of Peterborough’s “Symphony Week” activities in Peterborough launched Saturday night with the Peterborough Symphony’s Beethoven Ninth concert in the best way, sold out to the rafters and shaking the house with 120+ people on stage!  Melody Thomas, recent featured singer at their February show brought her youngest student of 8 years:

“It was her first time seeing an orchestra, and I was so thrilled to be able to share that experience with her. She was testing her conducting skills, which were quite musical, I must say...not to mention tapping the rhythm to the theme from the finale with the heels of her little patent leather shoes while walking back to the car!”

Tonight marks the next slated event with an open rehearsal by theKawartha Strings at 5pm, Kenner Collegiate.  This symphonic group is a recent addition to Symphony Week celebrations, and their event is open to the public, who are welcome to use the entrance is at the back of the school.  The group is directed by retired music teacher Auriel Crieghton, also a member of the Peterborough Symphony.
Members of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra will be visiting the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Wednesday at 4pm, giving a free chamber music concert for visitors and patients in their cafeteria.  This will include music for string quartet performed by Peter Wowk, violin (Campbellford); Rebecca Logan, violin (Lakefield); Sebastian Kay, viola (Peterborough); and Sam Edwards, cello (Peterborough). The orchestra’s wind section will also combine to perform with Hannah Argumedo on flute, (Peterborough); Trevor Dalton, English Horn (Ennismore); Laura Madill, oboe (Cavan); Eryn Mathers, trumpet (Peterborough); and Rebecca Jury, bassoon (Omemee).
 Other events this year include concerts around the city, such as the Peterborough Symphony’s Beethoven Ninth concert on Saturday, April 26th at Showplace, and some smaller pop-up chamber concerts including the hospital.  New this year will be instrument demos at some area schools, and an open rehearsal of the “Kawartha Strings” on April 28th at 5pm, Kenner Collegiate.
There will be another Musical Instrument Petting Zoo again this year but with a change of venue, to Peterborough’s own Riverview Park & Zoo on May 3rd from 10am to 4pm.    Sponsored by Shmooosic, the Kawartha Youth Orchestra and the Peterborough Symphony, members of the public can try their hand at musical instruments from around the world – for free!
Symphony Week closes on Sunday, May 4th at 3pm, when the Kawartha Youth Orchestra will be presenting their season finale concert, Sounds of Spring at Market Hall.  Featured guests include local music school, Accademia Musica directed by Witold Swoboda, who is also KYO’s string coach.
There’s still time to order tickets for Sounds of Spring through Market Hall box office either online or by calling (705) 749-1146. Tickets can also be found in Lakefield at through Happenstance Books & Yarns at (705) 652-7535.

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