Carnegie Hall Announces Tour by National Youth Orchestra of the USA
Carnegie Hall today announced details for the inaugural July 2013 tour by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a remarkable new ensemble, which, beginning this summer, annually brings together some of the most talented young orchestral players from across the United States, ages 16-19. The NYO-USA's 2013 summer schedule includes five performances in the US and abroad from July 11-21.
Capping a two-week summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY in Purchase, New York, world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the NYO-USA in its first public performance at Purchase's Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 11. From there, the orchestra embarks on its first tour, traveling to the nation's capital to make its debut at Washington DC's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 13.
Following these two engagements, Maestro Gergiev and the NYO-USA will travel overseas for two concerts in Mr. Gergiev's home country: in Moscow, at The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on Tuesday, July 16 and, in St. Petersburg, at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall on Thursday, July 18. The orchestra's first tour culminates with a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, July 21, part of the BBC Proms. The NYO-USA's Proms performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for a later television broadcast, scheduled to air on BBC Four on July 26.
The orchestra's concert program for all summer 2013 performances includes Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell as soloist; Shostakovich's Symphony No, 10 in E Minor; and Magiya, a new work by American composer Sean Shepherd, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and BBC Radio 3, specifically for NYO-USA. As part of their travel schedule, the NYO-USA players will also have the exciting opportunity to tour the cities in which they will be performing, as well as the chance to interact with local young musicians at stops along the way.
"After so much planning, we're very excited to welcome the musicians of the NYO-USA for the first time this summer," said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. "The talent, energy, and skill already demonstrated by these players will be even further elevated as they have an opportunity to train alongside their peers, be mentored by some of the greatest orchestral players from around the US, and to be led by the wonderful Valery Gergiev. It will be a pleasure to share this orchestra's inspirational music-making with audiences as these students represent the best of their country around the globe."
Hailing from 42 US states, the 120 young musicians who make up the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America have all been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest in the country following a comprehensive audition process. For a video preview of NYO-USA, including player-submitted performances and interviews about the project, visit the orchestra's new YouTube channel at youtube.com/nyousa. For more information on NYO-USA, visit carnegiehall.org/nyousa.