Eastern Youth Orchestras to Perform at North Carolina History Center

Free Performances will be Held in Mattocks Hall on Sunday, Nov. 23

NEW BERN, NC – Nov. 23, 2014

Eastern Youth Orchestras (EYO), a regional orchestra organization based in Greenville, North Carolina, will perform at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center on Sunday, Nov. 23. This free concert will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to the general public.

Eastern Youth Orchestras (EYO), comprised of three different orchestras now totaling 93 students, was originally founded by Dr. Charles Moore in 1970 as a community orchestra that grew to include advanced high school musicians. Over the years, it has grown exponentially and been conducted by faculty members from East Carolina University’s School of Music. EYO now includes talented young musicians of all ages from multiple communities in eastern North Carolina.

Throughout the years, EYO has been a springboard for many young musicians and now has several hundred alumni teaching and performing music throughout the United States.

Dr. John O’Brien, who conducts the Senior Eastern Youth Orchestra, has planned an ambitious program.

“Our students will be performing the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 for Strings and the Beethoven Symphony No. 8, 1st and 3rd Movements,” said O’Brien. “We are so pleased to be able to play at this beautiful venue.”

The Junior EYO was formed in 2003 with the help of its current conductor, Dr. Gregory Hurley. This group of talented young musicians will perform “Overture to Theodora” by George Frederic Handel, “Rhosymedre” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Farandole” by Georges Bizet.

Under the direction of Wendy Bissinger, the Preparatory EYO will perform “Whirlwind,” “Nighthawk” and “Star Wars” by John Williams.

“It’s always exciting for these young musicians to perform in this wonderful environment,” said Bissinger.

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit www.tryonpalace.org.

Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

Nov. 28-30: Holiday Kickoff Weekend at Tryon Palace

Dec. 10:  Tryon’s Tots: A Dixon Christmas

Dec. 11-12: Celtic Christmas Concert

Dec. 13 and 20: Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Celebration

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511
E-mail: cramey@tryonpalace.org
Web: www.tryonpalace.org

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: www.tryonpalace.org or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.