28 January 2016

Press Release: Northern Utah Youth Symphony in Concert, Ogden High, February 20, 2016

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and the Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra will present their Mid-Year Showcase on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 3:00 pm in the Ogden High School Auditorium, 2828 Harrison Blvd. Admission is FREE thanks to the sponsorship of Jenson Family Dentistry, Brigham City.

The Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra will open the concert. Conducted by Amanda Kippen, this is an
all-strings orchestra dedicated to preparing musicians for the rigor of full symphonic music. They will be performing Shapiro's African Accents, Sammartini's Concertino in G, Meyer's Terra Nova, and a Bach Brandenburg Concerto.

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony will then take the stage. Conducted by Conrad Dunn, their program includes the timeless favorite Carmen Suite No. 1 by Bizet, and A Tribute to John Williams from the Kennedy Center Honors featuring themes from Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter, Raiders, and E.T.

Each concert this year features a member of the orchestra who is a winner from the NUYS concerto auditions.The featured soloist for this concert is Makenzie Harris, French Horn, performing Glière's Horn Concerto, 3rd movement.

Makenzie Harris is a junior at Bear Lake High School in southern Idaho. She has been a member of NUYS for the past two years playing French horn. Makenzie has had the privilege of participating in District, All-State, and All-Northwest honor symphonies. As an honor student, she plays with her local High School band. She is heavily involved in sports, student council, cheerleading, and practically anything else that she sets her mind to. She received 2nd place as a freshman, then 1st as a sophomore at state solo and ensemble competition. Whether it is guitar, songwriting, or French horn, Makenzie has a passion for music.  She loves people and meets thousands every year working as a tour guide at Minnetonka Cave. She is planning on pursuing her dream career as a music therapist, by pursuing her education at Utah State University in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-country, social dance club, playing softball, doing yoga, and working as a ski instructor at Pine Creek Ski Resort.

Additional Background Information:
These orchestras are projects of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Brigham City, and actively serving musicians from the communities all over Northern Utah and into Idaho.

In addition to the upcoming February 20, 2016, concert, NUYS and NUYCO will present their final concert at Box Elder High School on Thursday, April 28, 2016. NUYS will also be performing at the Youth Symphony Festival at Abravanel Hall, March 14, 2015.

The Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society is supported by generous donations, grants from George S and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation as well as Utah Arts and Museums, the LBSS annual Gala Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction scheduled for April 9, 2016, and, for this concert specifically, Jenson Dentistry, who makes it possible to offer this evening with FREE Admission.

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