The European Union Youth Orchestra returned to Ferrara, its Italian “home”, and yesterday morning it began its spring residency. To kick off the fifteen days of stay in the Este city, where the orchestra has been resident since 2018, was an informal welcome meeting attended by all the musicians in the stalls of the Municipal Theater, welcomed by the general director Marshall Marcus (photo), who presented his staff and tutors who will follow the work of the various orchestral sections during the rehearsals. Marcus also recalled in particular the founders of the orchestra, Joy and Lionel Bryer, and the figure of Claudio Abbado, who was the first conductor of the orchestra from 1976, the year of his birth, until 1994. On behalf of Ferrara Musica , host organization of Euyo’s activities and concerts in its season, Nicola Bruzzo, musician and member of the council, intervened, who welcomed the creation of this spring residence, recalling how important this is both on an artistic level and as an experience of training for young members of the orchestra. The atmosphere of enthusiasm of the young instrumentalists is evident and contagious, who then began rehearsals in various locations in the city: in the Cloister of San Paolo, in San Benedetto, in Palazzo Crema and in the rehearsal rooms of the Municipal Theater. The residency will then culminate in the symphonic concerts on Friday 25 March – with the conductor Elim Chan and the cellist Sol Gabetta – and on Wednesday 30 March – with the conductor Iván Fischer and the violinist Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä, and in the informal concert “More than classical ! ” on March 27, which will be presented by the musicologist and music popularizer Fabio Sartorelli.