Alton Youth Symphony
Alton Youth Symphony, in collaboration with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Mich., will hosting 80 young musicians from St. Bonaventure School in Dillingen, Germany, for three nights this summer.
The musicians range in age from 13 to 19 and comprise three performance groups: a choir, a string orchestra and a big band. Alton will be the last stop on their two-week tour of the Midwest.
The symphony is seeking host families who are able to provide housing for three nights beginning Aug. 4, as well as meals and transportation to performance venues on Aug. 5 and 6. All of the venues are in the Alton and Godfrey area. The groups will arrive in Alton on Monday, Aug. 4, and will be treated to a welcoming spaghetti dinner at First Presbyterian Church. Following the dinner, the musicians will be paired with host families. In addition to sharing their talents, the musicians are here to experience the American way of life. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the symphony hopes families will be able to share everyday things like visiting a shopping mall, experiencing a drive-in restaurant or bank, and especially showing the guests sights around the Alton area.
The performance schedule includes:
- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, Faith Fellowship Church, 4719 Seminary Road, Alton
- Following 8:15 a.m. Mass, Wednesday, Aug. 6, choir only, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 717 State St., Alton
- Noon Wednesday, Aug. 6, Haskell Park, Henry and East 12th streets, Alton
- 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, St. Ambrose Church, 820 W. Homer M. Adams Parkway, Godfrey
- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Alby, Alton
Following their final performance on Wednesday night, there will be a bon-voyage party at the Riverbender Community Center for guests and host families.
For information about hosting, contact Barbara Strack at the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676 or visit www.altonyouthsymphony.org.