Listen to the Children

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 04:34 PM

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.

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Comments [4]

holly from Michigan

Thank you for this post, Elliott. The New York Youth Symphony is actually the reason I started listening to WQXR. I was told that one of their concerts were going to be aired so I went online to listen. WQXR is now my favorite classical radio station, and the online player is wonderful. Over the past year I've worked in Washington state, Chicago, and Michigan so I'm not in range for the radio - but the online radio is perfect quality.

I was very dissapointed that I could not attend the concert this past Sunday. I've heard only amazing things from family who attended, and the New York Times review was great as well. I really hope you guys are able to air parts of the concert sometime!

May. 27 2010 11:26 AM
Serge Ledan from Queens, NY

I cannot say thanks enough, Elliot for the subject of this blog. 2 days ago, I was reading the "Most Inspiring" article from "Listen" magazine, and I was moved (literally in tears at times) reading the entries for SBYO and Gustavo Dudamel ,Lawrence Brownlee, Aaron Dworkin, and Ge Gan Ru. As I kept wondering if we had anything like SBYO in New York and why we did not, I signed for the Sphinx Competition newsletter. It was just refreshing to just hear of the New York Youth Symphony on this blog. I also welcomed Dorothy Randall's comments right below: being also a monthly contributor, I would not mind increasing it slightly if the increase could specifically be directed on supporting groups like the NYYS and the likes.

May. 23 2010 01:18 PM

Dorothy,
Two good points. Seems those who give already will be contacted about upping their contributions.
And if people want to send a check, the best thing is to call, toll free, 888 813 1059 and make a pledge and told where to send your check.
Thanks,
Elliott

May. 23 2010 10:10 AM
dorothy randall from Hoboken

Don't know where else to post this message so I will try here.

Why aren't you asking folks like myself who singed on for a monthly contribution in the last campaign to give more a month if possible. Maybe $5 or $10 more a month...especially if the original amount has been easy. Also, there are still people who don't have credit cards of would rather send a check. What is the address to which it should be sent?

May. 23 2010 08:05 AM

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