Charles Dutoit Conducts the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

National Youth Orchestra of the United States in concert dress National Youth Orchestra of the United States in concert dress (Chris Lee)

On July 11, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America led by conductor Charles Dutoit and featuring pianist Yundi Li performed its third season opener.

The student orchestra – a project of Carnegie's Weill Music Institute – subsequently embarked on a six-city tour of China and Hong Kong. But first the ensemble took the stage at its hometown venue, performing Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds, Beethoven’s "Emperor" Concerto (with soloist Yundi Li), and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Jeff Spurgeon co-hosts the broadcast. In the below audio, he speaks with composer Tan Dun:

Program details:

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Charles Dutoit, Conductor
Yundi Li, Piano

  • TAN DUN Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, "Emperor"
  • BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Below is a map showing where the members of the National Youth Orchestra are from. Learn more about the musicians on Carnegie Hall's website.

We asked listeners to share their thoughts during the broadcast using #CHLive and #NYOUSA. Here is a collection of those tweets and photos:

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

The complete concert on video is available for 87 days from 11 July 2015 at www.medici.tv including the encore, which was the "Farandole" from Bizet's "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2" orchestrated by Ernest Guiraud. Enjoy!

Jul. 12 2015 12:03 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

I can do no better than echo my reaction to hearing the first convocation of the Orchestra. These performances are one of the highlights of the year in the high degree of musicianship as well from the standpoint of national pride. Thank you Weill Music Institute and to the maestri who give of their time to an enterprise they obviously believe in so fervently. Long may this tradition continue.

Jul. 09 2015 06:54 AM

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