Orchestra’s First Latin American Tour Features Performances in Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia from July 26-August 4

Acclaimed Conductor Marin Alsop Leads NYO-USA in Music by Mahler, John Adams, and a New Carnegie Hall-Commissioned Work by Gabriela Lena Frank

Tour Activities Include Side-by-Side Musical Collaborations With Young Musicians in All Three Countries

NYO-USA (July 21, 2017; NEW YORK, NY) —This summer, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, featuring 115 outstanding young musicians from across the country, comes together for its fifth year of extraordinary music making, culminating in the orchestra’s first-ever tour of Latin America. NYO-USA’s 2017 Latin America tour takes place from July 26 through August 4 with orchestra performances in Guadalajara, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia, including side-by-side musical collaborations with fellow young musicians in all three tour countries.

Established by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 2013, NYO-USA shines a spotlight on the depth of talent found among young instrumentalists across the United States. The members of the 2017 orchestra—ages 16-19, hailing from 33 US states—have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country, following a comprehensive audition process. The NYO-USA program is free to all participants.

“For the past five years, the National Youth Orchestra of the USA has challenged its players to not only perform musically at the highest level, but also to serve as great musical ambassadors for their country,” said Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson. “The orchestra breaks new ground this summer with this historic trip to Latin America. I know that NYO-USA’s concerts will inspire audiences wherever the orchestra travels with our musicians forming new friendships all along the way and making meaningful connections with people through music.”

Acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop—Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra—leads the orchestra on this historic first-ever Latin American tour. Following their July 21 performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Maestra Alsop and NYO-USA fly first to Guadalajara, Mexico for a residency and performance at the Auditorio Telmex (July 26), followed by a concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Guadalajara the next night (July 27).

The tour continues with a concert at the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador (July 30). While in Ecuador, select NYO-USA musicians will present a pop-up concert in Quito’s Floresta neighborhood. Other players will travel to the Ecuadorean coastal city Guayaquil for an afternoon of music-making with area young musicians.

NYO-USA’s tour concludes with a multi-day residency in Bogotá, Colombia, including a concert at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo (August 3) and a joint performance with students from Batuta, Colombia’s national El Sistema-inspired music education program, and the Bogotá Youth Philharmonic (August 4).

Throughout the tour, the orchestra’s main concert program in each city will include Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra, a new work by Gabriela Lena Frank influenced by Peruvian folkloric music and themes, commissioned especially for NYO-USA by Carnegie Hall, performed alongside John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Joint concerts with local youth orchestras in Guadalajara and Bogotá will feature a mix of music from America and Latin America—including works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Frank, and Adams, plus Ginastera, Arteaga, and Márquez—plus new music written by teen apprentice composers from NYO-USA and young composers from host countries.

NYO-USA’s 2017 touring activities have been designed to allow America’s finest musicians to share their artistry with international audiences while also experiencing the richness of Latin American culture and music. As part of their travel schedule, NYO-USA players will have the opportunity to tour cities and interact with local musicians and community members.

“We know from experience that music is a universal language that bridges cultures around the globe, bringing people closer together” commented Gillinson. “We hope this tour will be a time of great musical and cultural discovery for both our musicians and everyone they will meet throughout this tour.”

Since its inception in 2013, the National Youth Orchestra of the USA’s international touring program has included triumphant debuts in Russia, China, and cultural capitals across Europe. NYO-USA fans in the United States and abroad are invited to follow the orchestra’s first journey through Latin America on social media with photos, videos, and livestreams posted daily on

The orchestra’s performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall on July 21 will be streamed live online to a worldwide audience by, continuing a partnership that makes live video webcasts of select Carnegie Hall presentations available to music lovers around the globe. The performance will be available online for free until ninety days after the concert.


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