Episode #1967

Music From the National Orchestral Institute and Festival

This week's Young Artists Showcase will air at 10 pm on Friday, Oct. 23.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

The University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. (University of Maryland)

The Young Artists Showcase this week turns its ear once more on the young instrumentalists who gather every summer at The National Orchestral Institute and Festival.

The National Orchestral Association, founded by the late Leon Barzin, is designed to seek out outstanding young musicians and help prepare them for symphonic careers. Barzin’s pioneering work led to the establishment of many training ensembles around the country.

Every summer since 1988, the National Orchestral Institute has held auditions to select about 100 young instrumentalists to come to the University of Maryland for one month of intensive study, master classes, sectionals and full rehearsals. They work each week under a different set of conductors and faculty mentors and then give public concerts as the National Festival Orchestra.

Tonight, we enjoy excerpts from three concerts they performed at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD., during the 2015 schedule.

Program playlist:

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
— The National Festival Orchestra; Asher Fisch, conductor. Recorded on June 28, 2015.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner Symphony”
Frank Martin: Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, Tympani & Strings “Presto Finale”
— The National Festival Orchestra. Recorded on June 6, 2015.

Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
— The National Festival Orchestra; Rossen Milanov, conductor.

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