BERLIN — St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, with series support from Eversource and Bryant Funeral Home, is pleased to present The Youth Ensemble of New England on Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

The Youth Ensemble of New England was founded 23 years ago in Sterling, Massachusetts by Dr. Connie Rittenhouse Drexler and her aunt, Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. Connie had grown up playing in her aunt’s Youth Orchestra and she and her friends wished to start an orchestra for their own children as the original orchestra had had such a profound influence on their lives.

Through the years the orchestra has had the joy of performing in schools, churches, and concert halls all over New England, and in the past has toured in California, Iceland, England, Scotland, and Canada. They had to take a bit of a break performing during Covid, but have now started up again full force and are ready to share the joys of great classical as well as sacred music with their audiences. The orchestra is comprised of talented young music students ages 11 to 18 years old, and also has some supporting adult musicians. They are based at Thayer Conservatory in Lancaster, Massachusetts.

During this concert series, they will be giving concerts in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire and will be playing works by Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, Haydn, and others, as well as some lighter works by composers such as Leroy Anderson. This program will be of special interest to children, as well as to people of all ages.

Dr. Drexler enjoys sharing interesting information about the music which makes it approachable to people from many backgrounds and also enjoyable to those who may enjoy music but don’t have a lot of understanding of classical music. The young musicians are greatly looking forward to sharing their love of music at the St. Kieran Center for the Arts.

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