Saint John – The Birthplace of NBYO

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) has deep roots in Saint John thanks to its founder Philip Oland, a patron of the arts, and former chairperson and CEO of Moosehead Breweries. Mr. Oland was a committed community leader. He founded the Greater Saint John United Way,helped establish UNB Saint John, and he played a key role in the efforts to restore the Imperial Theatre. Today young classical musicians from across New Brunswick are most grateful for Mr. Oland's leadership in establishing the first provincial youth orchestra in Canada – the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. Founded in 1965, the organization has grown to become a cultural institution in New Brunswick.

The mission of NBYO is to inspire excellence among children and youth through the learning and performance of orchestral music. Its goals are to develop an outstanding provincial youth orchestra, expand participation in orchestral music and increase awareness and appreciation.

On Sunday February 24th, the NBYO returns to Saint John to the theatre that Philip Oland helped restore. It's NBYO'sannual collaboration concert with a guest artist. In the past few years, the 75- member orchestra has performed the blues with Matt Anderson, swing standards with Jill Barber, even hip hop with Radio-Radio. This year, it's a musical collaboration with the award-winning country sounds of The Divorcees.

Hear NBYO's sumptuous orchestral arrangements for the Divorcees, as well as it's dynamic 2013 repertoire including John William's thrilling “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, a passionate Latin Tango, and a virtuoso performance by NBYO cellist Jaeyoung Chong.

It's a musical event you don't want to miss. Tickets on sale now at Imperial Theatre Box Office.(506) 674-4100

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