Demarre McGill Joins the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall
Flutist Demarre McGill joins music director Michael Repper and the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra in their 55th season McCrindle Concert at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 2PM. McGill is Principal Flutist at the Seattle Symphony, and has previously been principal flutist at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. McGill will perform the New York premiere of Kevin Puts' Flute Concerto. The program will also include Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 8, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, and feature the world première of First Music commission winnerThomas Kotcheff's go and.
Michael Repper is an emerging conductor of classical music, jazz, pops, and musical theater. A graduate of Stanford University, he recently completed his doctoral residency at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Gustav Meier and his longtime mentor, Marin Alsop. Mr. Repper was the Peabody Institute-Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellow for two seasons, and continues to work with the Peabody Institute ensembles. Mr. Repper still holds leadership positions in several music organizations in the Baltimore area. He is currently the Music Director of the Northern Neck Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, New Music Consultant for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland. Mr. Repper's international performances include a recent debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, masterclasses with the Artes Nazionale Orchestra in Florence, Italy, and performances in Australia.
Demarre McGill, winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, is a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Among the orchestras with which he has appeared as soloist are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and, at age 15, the Chicago Symphony. In September 2017 Mr. McGill returned as principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, having previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. McGill is the co-founder and artistic director of the chamber music organization Art of Élan and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, entitled "Portraits," was released by Cedille Records in August 2017.
Thomas Kotcheff has been establishing himself in Southern California as a successful composer and pianist. His music has been described as "truly beautiful and inspired" (icareifyoulisten.com) and "explosive" (Gramophone magazine). His compositions have been performed internationally by The Riot Ensemble, wild Up, Sandbox Percussion, Trio Appassionata, Argus Quartet, Lyris Quartet, USC Thornton Edge, The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, HOCKET, Peabody Percussion Group, Latitude 49, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, among others. Mr. Kotcheff holds degrees in composition and piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in music composition.
About the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS)
The NYYS is one of the most awarded youth programs of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative, tuition-free educational programs for talented young musicians. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area's most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, and jazz, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. As a tuition-free program, NYYSis proud of its socioeconomic diversity and core organizational values to educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional music training and performance opportunities.NYYS provides over $1 million in scholarships so that financial need is never an obstacle for a qualified student to participate in its impactful programs.