We were so pleased with the turnout. I hope our concerts have inspired other young people to pursue music to a professional level
Rhode Island (PRWEB) January 07, 2012
The Rhode Island based Orchestra, conducted by Manuel Brisson and lead by Judith Leist on first violin has recently completed performing a series of concerts throughout the state of Rhode Island in an attempt to raise money towards the maintenance of the orchestra. The money raised from the concerts will also go towards funding future tours that the orchestra is set to undertake.
Six concerts were performed by the young musicians over the course of two weeks throughout Rhode Island. The performances received very positive reviews and the orchestra played to full audiences in three of the six concerts. With the ticket sales exceeding expectations, the orchestra managed to raise more than it had hoped in order to fund the maintenance of the orchestra as well as future activities and tours. Lead violinist, Judith Leist commented, "We were so pleased with the turnout. I hope our concerts have inspired other young people to pursue music to a professional level". Tickets were sold online and the events were also promoted in local high schools in an attempt to garner interest from the younger generations who usually prefer to listen to pop and rock music.
Judith Leist, now 24, has been playing with the orchestra since she was 15. Now as first violinist, she has grown up within the orchestra and hopes that other youngsters can enjoy the same experience she has had. "Being in the orchestra is such a wonderful experience. I have made so many friends as well as getting to play in a fun environment. It is much better than just practicing alone most of the time" comments the young musician. Judith Leist also has also recently played at several charity functions as well as at various school events.
Conductor Manuel Brisson, originally from Spain, has been conducting the youth orchestra since 2005. "We have seen considerable growth in both numbers and talent over the past five years. The fact that these concerts were such a success is testament to the talent of the young musicians such as Judith Leist" remarks Brisson. He continues, "Many of our members have very promising musical careers ahead of them. I expect that a significant amount of them will go on to play on a professional level and will continue into state and national orchestras. Judith Leist is a leading example of a very talented young musician with a bright musical career ahead of her".
About Judith Leist
Judith Leist is a young musician originally from Texas. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Rhode Island where she has since lived and studied. Now 24, she is set to graduate college this year. She currently plays first violin for an Rhode Island youth orchestra which has achieved considerable success in recent years with a record number of tickets sold for performances in 2011. In addition to music, Judith Leists hobbies include painting and horse riding. She hopes to become a professional musician and her dream is to play first violin for the New York Philharmonic.