NYO2 Makes Carnegie Hall Debut with Giancarlo Guerrero, Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Esperanza Spalding on July 20

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, led by Marin Alsop, Appears on July 21, Before Departing on Inaugural Latin America Tour

New National Youth Orchestra of China Makes International Debut with Ludovic Morlot and Yuja Wang at Carnegie Hall on July 22

This July, three Carnegie Hall concerts showcase some of the finest young teen musicians from across the United States and abroad in performances presented over three consecutive nights in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

On Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m., NYO2, a new Carnegie Hall ensemble launched in summer 2016 aiming to bring greater diversity to the classical music field, makes its Carnegie Hall debut, led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero in a side-by-side concert with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra—made up of some of the finest instrumentalists in the US, ages 14-17—offers a program to include Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919 version), and a set with Grammy Award-winning vocalist and double bassist Esperanza Spalding. In addition to this Carnegie Hall appearance, NYO2 will give a free concert in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall two days prior on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. that will also feature Manuel de Falla’s “The Three-Cornered Hat” Suite No. 2, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

On the following evening, conductor Marin Alsop leads the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) in its annual performance at Carnegie Hall on Friday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. The program includes the world premiere of Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra, a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Gabriela Lena Frank influenced by Peruvian folkloric music and themes, alongside John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. This concert by NYO-USA—featuring the brightest young players from across the country, ages 16-19—will be heard by music lovers worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live radio broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR and distributed nationally by WFMT Radio Network. Earlier in the week, NYO-USA also reaches a national audience through a public performance and recording of the classical music public radio show NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, SUNY on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Following these New York performances, NYO-USA departs for its inaugural tour to Latin America, with performances and side-by-side collaborations with local student musicians in Guadalajara, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia. This will mark the fifth major tour to capitals around the globe by NYO-USA.

Capping the week’s three performances will be the international debut of the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China), a new independent program inspired by NYO-USA that aims to showcase China’s brightest young instrumentalists, ages 14-21. After two weeks of training and preparation, the orchestra debuts at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m. with conductor Ludovic Morlot leading the young musicians in Zhou Long’s The Rhyme of Taigu, Dvorák’s “New World” Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring pianist Yuja Wang. Immediately following their Carnegie Hall concert, the 105 members of the new NYO-China travel home for a three-city Chinese tour.

“We are thrilled to welcome these brilliant young musicians from across the US and abroad for what will be a special week of performances,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “These concert programs showcase the next generation of exceptional instrumentalists, and their energy, enthusiasm, skill, and musicianship is inspiring. We look forward to the Carnegie Hall debut concerts by NYO2 and the National Youth Orchestra of China as they join the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America as part of a growing NYO community.”


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