NBYO, The Divorcees Team Up For Classical Country

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra unveiled an exciting new collaboration today, a teaser for a pair of concerts coming up in February. The orchestra took the stage at the Brunswick Square Atrium for a noon hour performance with Moncton's outlaw country favourites, The Divorcees. It was a sampler show of the full concerts the two groups will perform in Saint John on Sunday, Feb. 24th at The Imperial Theatre for a matinee and an evening set.

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Mixing dangerous country music and classical sounds isn't as difficult as it sounds. The roots of the mash-up came at last fall's Music New Brunswick Awards, when two of the winning acts, The New Brunswick String Quartet, and The Divorcees, performed together, doing a version of the band's song The Crows, with a brand-new string arrangement. From there, the group was interested in more of the sound. The orchestra took note as well, and invited the group to perform with them at their annual fundraising shows.

The concert is being called Outlaws and Oboes, and will feature selections from the Youth Orchestra's new repetoire, plus the full orchestra treatment of several Divorcees favourites. For the band, it's the latest opportunity to expand their sound: "We are constantly pushing the boundaries of our music, looking for new ways to break through," says Divorcees drummer Brock Gallant. "Plus we are big believers in music education, so the chance to support the NBYO and Sistema means a lot to us."

Tickets are available now for both concerts. You can get them at the Imperial Box Office, or on-line at imperialtheatretheatre.nb.ca.

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Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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