Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division

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This week, the Young Artists Showcase presents the musicians of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division Philharmonic Orchestra. This orchestra thrives under Jonathan Strasser, who has conducted the program since 1977, and continues to be excited by the potential of incoming musicians.

The members of the orchestra are between 5- and 18-years-old and perform recitals and concerts throughout the year at a professional level. On this week’s show, we’ll hear highlights from a concert recorded this past spring at the Manhattan School of Music, starting with the overture to Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. Following that, a young soloist rips into the outer movements of Barber’s Violin Concerto, then a surging account of Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, a symphonic poem plucked from Dante’s "Inferno."

Program details:

Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino
Barber: Violin Concerto, first and third movements (violin soloist: Josephine Hu)
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
— Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra; Jonathan Strasser, conductor.
Recorded at the Manhattan School of Music's John C. Borden Auditorium

Beethoven: Second movement (Largo) from Piano Sonata No. 4
— Jin Uk Kim, piano, from the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (a preview of next week’s show).