For the eighth consecutive year, the Costa Rican Youth Symphony Orchestra is holding their annual summer camp on the EARTH campus in Guácimo from January 6-12. In addition to enjoying the facilities and natural beauty of EARTH’s campus, the 74 young musicians have been rehearsing arduously to prepare for the upcoming concert season.
As in years past, the camp is culminating with two free concerts open to the general public. Today, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. the symphony will be performing in the nearby community of Cariari at the Centro de Adoración in Astua Pirie. Approximately 1,000 people are expected to be in attendance. There will be another concert tomorrow also at 7:00 p.m., in the gymnasium on the EARTH campus.
“It is wonderful to have such an idyllic place with the appropriate conditions and physical space for our musicians,” explained Mr. Marvin Araya, a well-known Costa Rican musician who has been the director of the Youth Orchestra for the last 17 years. “In addition, we are able to perform in an area of the country where it might be difficult for musical groups to come and play. We feel a great deal of appreciation for the Institution.”
EARTH’s has a strong relationship with the Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to hosting their annual summer camp and organizing concerts in rural communities surrounding its campuses, the Symphony plays at EARTH’s commencement ceremony every year and recently collaborated on an original recording for EARTH’s holiday card.