Thursday, February 24, 2011
Join us for a special orchestra concert tomorrow night!
The Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra is proud to host visiting musicians from Dublin, Ireland tomorrow night.
Please join us for a special concert from the Dublin Youth Orchestra alongside our PCYO Youth Symphony.
“I’m looking forward to meeting people from Dublin,” said Queenie Edwards, 16, a violinist with the PCYO Youth Symphony. “It will be nice to converse with other musicians who feel the same way about music, especially from another country.”
Edwards joined PCYO’s Junior Philharmonic when she was ten years old.
“Dr. Wiedrich is a phenomenal conductor,” she said. “This was my first orchestra, so I’ve learned all the basics about playing in an orchestra.”
Now she plays at a pre-professional level and is hoping to continue studying music in college. In 2007, she performed with PCYO at Carnegie Hall.
“It was a tremendous experience. Not many musicians ever get to go to Carnegie Hall,” she said. “Just walking on stage was pretty humbling.”
Tomorrow night, PCYO will perform the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #5 with Dublin Youth Orchestra’s conductor.
“We’ve done side-by-side concerts with the Florida Orchestra, but never with an international group,” said Edwards. “We just have a few hours with them to rehearse. It’ll be a challenge to work with another conductor, but I’m looking forward to it.”
The concert will be tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center. For tickets, call 229-STAR or visit www.strazcenter.org.
Following the concert, there will be a reception for the musicians and their families in the TECO Theater.