Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra to make Abington area debut May 13, two Abington Heights students perform with group


By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Robery Helmacy is music director and conductor of the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra. The group will perform its first Abington area concert at 8 p.m. May 13 at the Abington Heights High School.


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SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — The Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, which first performed in 2011, will make its Abington area debut this weekend, with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Abington Heights High School. Two of the orchestra’s youngest members are particularly excited about this show, as it will take place in their own territory.

Abington Heights High School students Richard Fried and Yelena Cochrane, both of Clarks Summit, joined the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra this past winter. Both are violinists.

Cochrane described playing with the group as both “fun” and “challenging.”

She said so far it helped her discover “a lot of new techniques I’ve never learned before.”

Fried said he enjoys being a part of the orchestra, because it allows him to play music he may have considered too difficult to learn on his own.

“Together, we sound great,” he said. “It’s really challenging music, but as a group, we’re able to really get through it.”

And to him, music in general is about more than just notes on a page.

“Music is sort of a universal language – I describe it best as that,” he said. “And being able to play an instrument or sing, or perform anything musically sort of expresses a unique side of an individual. Or in the case of the orchestra, a unique side of a group as a whole.”

The orchestra, according to its website, is “the only orchestra based in the Northern Tier Region of Pennsylvania.”

The non-profit’s mission is “to provide high quality performances of the world’s finest music to residents throughout the Northern Tier Region.”

Tickets for Friday’s concert will be sold at the door and admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, visit northerntiersymphony.org.

Robery Helmacy is music director and conductor of the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra. The group will perform its first Abington area concert at 8 p.m. May 13 at the Abington Heights High School.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_fullorch.jpgRobery Helmacy is music director and conductor of the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra. The group will perform its first Abington area concert at 8 p.m. May 13 at the Abington Heights High School. Submitted photo

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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