National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a project that Carnegie Hall launched in the summer of 2013, returns this year with its formal Carnegie Hall debut. WQXR brought you this rare summertime concert from the hall, conducted by David Robertson.
The members of the 2014 orchestra—all ages 16-19, hailing from 35 U.S. states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico—auditioned this past year and will complete 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:
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.