Saturday, February 20, 2021 Northern Valley Youth Orchestra to perform world premiere of "Eritaj" by Christopher Ducasse March 14 for viewing later

Christopher Ducasse

Crookston Times

Crookston, Minnesota

Feb. 19, 2021

Northern Valley Youth Orchestra to record performance March 14

Northern Valley Youth Orchestras: “Innovate: Season 10”

Sunday March 14th (viewable later)

Alerus Center

Online viewing free; pay what you can. 

“Innovate” 10th season press release:

The musicians of Northern Valley Youth Orchestras will perform on Sunday March 14, in the Alerus Center, in a recorded format. The performance will be available for public viewing and listening at a later date.  The two NVYO student symphony orchestras will perform symphonic masterpieces new and old, centered around the “Innovate” theme, including two world premieres, one of which was commissioned by NVYO to celebrate its 10th performance season.  Concert viewing online will be available free on the NVYO Facebook and Youtube channels, with freewill donations appreciated.

Selections on the March performance, which will be recorded by HB Sound and Light, include a number of works by historically underrepresented composers and celebrate the diversity of heritage our students, staff and coaches all bring to the classical music experience. NVYO Symphony will perform the world premiere of living composer Christopher Ducasse’s Eritaj (“Heritage,” in Haitian Creole), the world premiere of local composer Callie Stadem’s “Innovate: Draft 8,” commissioned by NVYO, and the lively and exciting Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor, by Otto Nicolai. Philharmonic’s selections include Florence Price’s “The Old Boatman”, along with arrangements of symphonic favorites “Slavonic Dance #8,”by Antonin Dvorak, and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. Students have been rehearsing since January, with opportunities to talk with the composers who wrote the two world premieres and extra mentoring from area teachers and professionals.

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