Michael Repper, Christine Lamprea to Debut at Carnegie Hall November 19

Newly appointed music director Michael Repper leads the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra in its 55th season opening concert on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman stage. The program marks Mr. Repper's Carnegie Hall debut as conductor, and will feature Roy & Shirley Durst Debut Artist Christine Lamprea, performing Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129. The program will also include Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27, and the world premiere of First Music award winner Hilary Purrington's Daylight.

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.

Christine Lamprea appears with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra this season as part of a new partnership with the Sphinx Organization, sponsored by the Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Series. Just named among the most recent Sphinx Medal of Excellence winners, Ms. Lamprea has toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S., in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Also the winner of the 2013 Schadt National String and 2013 Sphinx competitions, Ms. Lamprea has been soloist with the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, the Costa Rica National Symphony, and the Detroit, Houston, New Jersey, and San Antonio symphonies, among others. This season, Ms. Lampreaappears as soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. A Gluck Community Service Fellow at The Juilliard School and recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she recently received a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, and holds a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory.

Hilary Purrington is a New England-based composer of contemporary classical music. Her works have been performed by many distinguished ensembles, including the Yale Philharmonia, the American Modern Ensemble, the Peabody Modern Orchestra, the Chicago Harp Quartet, and Voices for Change. In 2016, Ms. Purrington's music was featured on the NY Phil Biennial's New Music New Haven concert. Recent projects include commissions from the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Washington Square Winds, and the Melodia Women's Choir of NYC. Ms. Purrington holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music.

About the 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, NYYS is 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.

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017

Time: 2 PM

Location: Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium/Perelman stage, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Tickets: From $20 - Online: carnegiehall.org, Carnegie Hall Box Office, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019 or (212) 247-7800; Students, $10 at Carnegie Hall Box Office on day of show.

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