National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a project that Carnegie Hall launched in the summer of 2013, made its formal Carnegie Hall debut in 2014. WQXR brought you this rare summertime concert from the hall, conducted by David Robertson. Tuesday at 9 pm, here a re-broadcast of the concert as part of our series of summer repeats.

The members of the 2014 orchestra—all ages 16-19, hailing from 35 U.S. states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico—auditioned and completed a two-week training residency at SUNY Purchase in the weeks leading up this concert.

The program features Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Britten's Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham; Samuel Adams's Radial Play; and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

LISTEN: David Robertson talks about why he chose this particular program:

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
David Robertson, Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin


BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BRITTEN Violin Concerto, Op. 15
SAMUEL ADAMS Radial Play (commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

We asked you to share your thoughts during the concert on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CHLive. Below is a collection of your tweets and photos.

Comments [8]

Sharon M from Fair Lawn, NJ

Burning question: Who designed their concert outfits? ;-)

Sep. 01 2015 05:47 PM
Bozo from Midwest

Hopefully, just my connection, but pity as could hardly hear Shaham.

Jul. 29 2014 02:41 PM

Will there be a repeat telecast. Unfortunately I missed it

Jul. 23 2014 10:55 PM

Yesterday, I bought a ticket to go hear these young musicians. I'm looking forward to being there and (silently) cheering them on.

Jul. 22 2014 11:55 AM

I'm happy for these young people that this will be broadcast. I'll be in Central Park listening to The Knights. DD~~

Jul. 22 2014 01:58 AM
Sisko24 from Manhattan, upper west side near Lincoln Center

Thank you, WQXR for broadcasting this concert. I hope all of us can listen and/or support this worthy endeavor.

Jul. 21 2014 10:42 AM
TWScalora from NWNJ

Hallelujah! Seeing the future of classical music in such good hands is a joy to behold.

Jul. 21 2014 10:22 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

I can hardly wait for the broadcast. In this world of woe and travesty, here's one cause for rejoicing. Last year's roster offered sharly etched rhythms and carefully balanced and songful phrasing in its repertory of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony taken from Purchase to Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center and on to Moscow and St. Petersburg, climaxing in a Proms Concert in London. All who can attend any of this year's cross-country performances will reap handsome reward.

Jul. 21 2014 08:56 AM

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