I have only a few rules in my life and one of them is when asked to host at Carnegie Hall, I always say yes. Such was the case many years ago when I was asked to appear for a few minutes, mid concert, with The New York Youth Symphony. After hearing everything from 1st graders to high schoolers play, I was not sure what to expect. But within minutes of hearing these remarkable young people, I was blown away.
I came to find out that this program is tuition free. They hold auditions and the best players get to be in the orchestra, at no charge. They just have to be very, very good. And what an opportunity for these 12 to 21 year-old musicians, to play world class music and at Carnegie Hall. Now in their 47th season, they also have programs in Jazz, composition, chamber music and conducting.
You can hear them many times through out the year on WQXR on the Young Artist Showcase.
If you want to check out the caliber of this orchestra live you can do so, this Sunday, on May 23rd at 2 p.m. at Carnegie. They will feature the music of Verdi, Strauss and as always, premiere a piece by a young composer.
After a few years of hosting some of their concerts, I was asked to be on the board of the New York Youth Symphony, which I was honored to do. I am not financially compensated in any way, but am I enriched? Yes, every time I hear them play.