In Tuesday’s (2/22) Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, Kentucky), Beth Wilderding writes, “Sydney Simpson, a bass player in the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, plans on pursuing a career in music performance at the University of Louisville. On Monday morning, the senior at Owensboro High School received tutoring and advice from a member of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Owensboro Symphony Academy. … Twenty-four members of the youth orchestra participated in the National Symphony Orchestra’s master class. The NSO arrived in Kentucky last week as part of its residency program and will be in the state through Friday. It is presenting more than 100 educational, outreach and performance activities throughout the state. The National Symphony Orchestra is based out of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The orchestra began hosting American Residencies in 1992, and the organization accepts one invitation each year, making a state or a region the focus of activities, according to an information sheet on the residencies. The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the RiverPark Center hosted the NSO’s Owensboro visit.”

Posted February 22, 2011