Talent in Bloom

A taste of the upcoming season of The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In our upcoming season of The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase, we’ll capture and curate another string of performances by extraordinarily talented musicians, teen-aged and younger. We continue to bear enthusiastic witness to the raw talent in bloom in these young players, and in this episode you’ll get to preview the highlights of the season.  

Bookended by performances from the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Philharmonic, this episode features The Young People’s Chorus of NYC, the Special Music School ensemble Face the Music, and Special Music School alumna and current Mannes College cellist Laura Kegeles.

This preview represents just a taste of what’s to come – tune in next week for the official YAS season-opener, a recital at Juilliard by the winners of the school’s 2011 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition.

Program:

Wagner – Tannhauser, The Overture, performed by the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Philharmonic, under Jonathan Strasser

Nigun – traditional Jewish song, Performed by Laura Kegeles

Tshotsholoza, Erev Shel, Walk In Jerusalem (arranged by Rollo Dilworth), performed by the Young People's Chorus of NYC, under Francisco Nunez

Missy Mazzoli – Death Valley Junction, performed by Face the Music, under Jenny Undercoffler

Alexander Glazunov – Violin Concerto in A minor, Opus 82 – performed by the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Philharmonic, under Jonathan Strasser, soloist Kukkamari Grondahl

Comments [1]

Henry J. Watkin from New York, NY

Incredibly, the performance of the Tannhaeusser Overture by the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Philharmonic under Jonathan Strasser was the most pellucid I have ever heard. The Orchestra articulated every voice of Wagner's complex counterpoint with remarkable clarity, and while one thereby became conscious of the difficulty of the piece, it was likewise apparent that the ensemble had mastered it completely. Maestro Strasser's conducting was the equal of Walter's, Furtwaengler's, and the other greats of old. Bravo to him and this wonderous group of young musicians!!!

Sep. 14 2011 11:08 PM

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