|New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
Hometown: New Brunswick, Canada
Web site: http://www.nbyo-ojnb.com
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The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
They played for Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister of Canada.
From Carnegie Hall, to Award winning documentaries, to a World Premier Performance and international tours, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra is quickly becoming one of Canada's biggest success stories.
“Practice, Practice, Practice” wins the prestigious "Silver Chris Award" for “Best Documentary in its division, "Best Documentary" in the Children and Youth Category and the "Bronze Plaque" in the Arts Category.
"An inspiring group, full of talent. Definitely one of the best youth orchestras in Canada"
Jean Philippe Tremblay
Conductor, orchestre francophonie canadienne
You don't just go and perform at Carnegie Hall. First of all you have to be recommended. And then you audition. And at the end of the rainbow (perhaps) you may be invited to play. No one today can quite re-trace who it was that first recommended the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO). But somebody did, and Carnegie Hall followed up on it.
It was in the realm of fairy tale. The NBYO was to perform in the acoustic heaven where legendary artists such as George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Isaac Stern, Duke Ellington, and an English quartet called The Beatles once performed. But when reality sank in, the members knew the answer to the question "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" - Practice, Practice, Practice.
On June 29, 2003, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra earned a thunderous and immediate standing ovation for their performance at Carnegie Hall.
The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra debut CD "Premiere" includes three selections from Carnegie Hall program. Additionally, a documentary of NBYO/Carnegie Hall story aired on prime-time national television in March 2004.
The documentary, “Practice, Practice, Practice” which aired in February on CBC Television’s Opening Night series has been honored at the 52nd Columbus International Film & Video Festival. The project won the top prize, the prestigious Silver Chris Award for being not only the best documentary in the Children and Youth Category, but the best in its division. “Practice, Practice, Practice” was also awarded the Bronze Plaque in the Arts Category.
But Carnegie was just the beginning.
In 2004, they performed a world-premiere performance of the St. Croix Island Suite for an audience of 6000 (composed by New Brunswicker Alasdair MacLean) in a concert commemorating the arrival of French settlers in St. Croix, NB. In 2005 the orchestra appeared in Parma, Italy, where they studied with world-class musicians and performed and recorded at the Auditorium Paganini. The orchestra’s work was captured on their second CD, titled “Virtuoso Italia”. In 2007, it was off to China and a tour that included performances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Great Hall of the People and the Arts Centre of Hebei Province as well as coaching and masterclasses with professional musicians from the Beijing Symphony and China Philharmonic orchestras. That experience was preserved with a third CD, titled “Forbidden City Tour”, a disc that allowed NBYO to take home an ECMA 2008 music award for Classical Recording of the Year. And if this wasn’t enough, in 2008 the NBYO received national recognition, the Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award, honouring their significant contribution to orchestral music in Canada.
The NBYO is composed of 75 young men and women from throughout New Brunswick. These young musicians are English and French speaking and with an increasing number of new Canadians and ranging from 12-22 years of age. The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra is under the inspired direction of conductor James Mark.