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The Philadelphia Orchestra Welcomes NYO2 to Philadelphia for a Full Schedule of Activities

July 11, 2017

In Partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Philadelphia Orchestra brings NYO2, an 80-member youth orchestra,

for the second year to Philadelphia for three days of

training, mentoring, and performing

 

Training program focuses on students from communities underserved by,

and underrepresented in, the classical orchestra field

 

FREE Side-by-Side with The Philadelphia Orchestra, NYO2, and Esperanza Spalding at Verizon Hall on July 18 and Community Day on July 19 where NYO2 musicians will practice alongside area students to provide a unique training opportunity for young Philadelphia musicians

 

Culminating in a full orchestra concert with members of

The Philadelphia Orchestra, NYO2, and Esperanza Spalding on July 20,

 in which NYO2 musicians will make their Carnegie Hall debut

(Philadelphia, July 11, 2017)—The Philadelphia Orchestra welcomes members of NYO2 from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to Philadelphia, July 17-19, 2017. The Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, two organizations with deep commitments to education and artist training, have partnered for the second year to provide unique opportunities for NYO2. This new program featuring some of the most talented musicians ages 14 through 17 from across the country was created with a particular focus on attracting students from communities underserved by, and underrepresented in, the classical orchestral field. NYO2 features students from 24 states and Puerto Rico. NYO2 is an extension of Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA (the National Youth Orchestra of the USA), a program for musicians ages 16 through 19.

“We are elated to welcome the members of NYO2 to Philadelphia again this year,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “The national search Carnegie has undertaken for gifted musicians among deserving communities allows us to bring a national student conversation to our work here at home, enlarging the context for our own students. I know Philadelphians will be engaged by the enthusiasm and skills of these bright performers. Our musicians are always inspired by working with the next generation of young artists. We look forward to welcoming our community to the free Side-by-Side on July 18.”

After an intensive training period at Purchase College, State University of New York, where they will work with a faculty including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and other major orchestras from throughout the country, the members of NYO2 will come to Philadelphia for three days of musical activity. They will share their skills and experience with young Philadelphia musicians, work with selected Philadelphia Orchestra members, rehearse with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and more.

During their visit to Philadelphia, NYO2 musicians will work side-by-side with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Guerrero for a concert at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall that is free and open to the public. Tickets for the performance are required and will be available online to the public at www.philorch.org beginning at 12 PM on July 12, 2017. NYO2 musicians will also have the opportunity to mentor younger students from the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) at West Catholic High School, tour the Curtis Institute of Music, and attend a Philadelphia Orchestra concert at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts led by principal guest conductor and recently appointed music director designate of the St. Louis Symphony, Stéphane Denève.

The NYO2 activities fall under the Education and Access branches of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes Health and wellness, champions music Education, eliminates barriers to Accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through Research.

A schedule of NYO2 activities in Philadelphia and New York follows.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Rehearsal (closed to the public)

4:00 PM – Verizon Hall

NYO2

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

Esperanza Spalding Vocalist and Electric Bass

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rehearsal (closed to the public)

10:30 AM – Verizon Hall

Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra

NYO2

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

Esperanza Spalding Vocalist and Electric Bass

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NYO2 Side-by-Side Concert

7:30 PM – Verizon Hall

Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra

NYO2

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

Esperanza Spalding Vocalist and Electric Bass

Copland                                   Billy the Kid Suite (NYO2 alone)

Spalding                                 “Ebony and Ivy”

Spalding                                  “Earth to Heaven”

Spalding/arr. Goldstein           “Apple Blossom” (commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Spalding                                  “Endangered Species”

Spalding                                  “Good Lava”

Falla                                        Suite No.2 from The Three-Cornered Hat (Philadelphia Orchestra alone)

Stravinsky                               Suite from The Firebird

This performance is free and open to the public with all seating general admission. Tickets can be reserved starting at 12PM on Wednesday, July 12, at www.philorch.org. Reserving a ticket does not guarantee admittance, as attendance is first-come, first-served.

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NYO2 Community Day

“Celebrating West Philadelphia’s Rich Culture”

Peer Mentorship with Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Students

12:30 PM – West Catholic High School

Rehearsal with Kensho Watanabe for NYO2 and PMAY

3:00 PM – West Catholic High School

Multi-Cultural Workshops with Al-Bustan and West Philadelphia Orchestra

4:00 PM – West Catholic High School

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Carnegie Hall Presents NYO2 and Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra

7:30 PM – Carnegie Hall

Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra

NYO2

Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

Esperanza Spalding Vocalist and Electric Bass 

Copland                                   Billy the Kid Suite (NYO2 alone)

Spalding                                 “Ebony and Ivy”

Spalding                                  “Earth to Heaven”

Spalding/arr. Goldstein           “Apple Blossom” (commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Spalding                                  “Endangered Species”

Spalding                                  “Good Lava”

Stravinsky                               Suite from The Firebird

Ticket information can be found here.

About The Philadelphia Orchestra

About NYO2

About HEAR                                                                                                                                                                                              

CONTACT: 

Patricia O’Kelly

phone: 202.999.9806

e-mail: pokelly@philorch.org

 

Amanda Conte

phone: 215.893.3136

e-mail: aconte@philorch.org

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