Performances mark beginning of partnership between Northeastern Fine Jewelry and Empire State Youth Orchestras

ALBANY, N.Y., December 11, 2013 – Northeastern Fine Jewelry will add a festive atmosphere to its stores this holiday season with a series of special performances from musicians with the Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21.

On Friday, December 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. shoppers at the Northeastern Fine Jewelry store in Albany will enjoy holiday music performed by a guitarist from ESYO.

The special holiday performances will continue at the Northeastern Fine Jewelry store in Schenectady on Saturday, December 21 with a piano soloist performing at 11 a.m. followed by two violin duos, one at 1 p.m. and one at 3 p.m.

“Northeastern Fine Jewelry is thrilled to welcome the Empire State Youth Orchestras to our stores this holiday season,” said Northeastern Fine Jewelry President Ray Bleser. “The arts, specifically for area youth, are an instrumental part of our community. The talented musicians will undoubtedly help spread holiday cheer throughout our stores during the hustle and bustle of the season.”

“We are grateful for this opportunity to show our appreciation for the support from Northeastern Fine Jewelry. Our young musicians enjoy sharing their musical talents and it is fun for them to perform as soloists and in small groups,” said Rebecca Calos, executive director of Empire State Youth Orchestras. “This is a great way for our musicians to give back to the community; we hope the staff and patrons at the store will enjoy their music.”

The in-store holiday performances mark one element of a year-long partnership between Northeastern Fine Jewelry and the Empire State Youth Orchestras. Northeastern Fine Jewelry will also support ESYO’s annual Playathon at Crossgates Mall on Saturday, February 8. The perennial event features a full day of rotating performances from each of ESYO’s nine performing groups.

Additionally, Northeastern Fine Jewelry will serve as a sponsor of ESYO’s annual gala on May 2, 2014.

The Empire State Youth Orchestras was recently recognized as the nonprofit organization of the year (fewer than 75 employees) by the Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council. The awards recognize successful nonprofit organizations and outstanding community-minded individuals for positive contributions to the vitality of the region’s community. The Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council is a joint initiative supported by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber and The Chamber of Schenectady County.

Northeastern Fine Jewelry features an extensive array of holiday gift offerings from premier jewelry brands, including Cartier, Breitling, Hearts on Fire, Lagos, Kwiat, Simon G, John Hardy, Roberto Coin, Mikimoto, Lazare Kaplan and many more. Northeastern Fine Jewelry will feature more than 2,500 gifts for under $500 this holiday season.

Northeastern Fine Jewelry has three store locations: 1575 Western Avenue near Crossgates Mall; 1607 Union Street in Schenectady; and 4620 Main Street in Manchester Center, Vermont.

Northeastern Fine Jewelry has expanded its normal store hours for the holiday season. Both Northeastern Fine Jewelry’s Albany location and Schenectady location will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21.

For information about Northeastern Fine Jewelry visit www.nefj.com or call 518-372-3604.


About Northeastern Fine Jewelry

Northeastern Fine Jewelry is the largest independently owned jeweler in the Capital Region. Northeastern Fine Jewelry is recognized as one of the Leading Jewelers of the World® and in 2006-2012 was voted “Best Jeweler” of the Capital Region due to its reputation for quality jewelry and customer service as well as its charitable and civic involvement.  For more information about Northeastern Fine Jewelry, visit its newly redesigned website www.nefj.com or call 518-372-3604.


About Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO)

300 talented youth from the Capital Region of New York and western New England are selected by audition each year for positions in ESYO’s nine performing ensembles. Well known for its Youth Orchestra’s participation in CBS 6’s Melodies of Christmas (benefit concerts for the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med), ESYO’s ensembles give approximately 30 public performances a year. ESYO reaches out to the community with an annual free concert for senior citizens, concerts for young people, recitals in nursing homes, and a music education program providing free, private, instrumental music lessons to inner-city, low-income youth in Albany and Schenectady. Founded in 1979, ESYO has been recognized as a premier music education/performance program for youth and has received three prestigious national awards. For more information, visit www.esyo.org or  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Empire-State-Youth-Orchestra-Inc-ESYO.


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