National Youth Orchestra to perform at SSU
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The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, will give a performance in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. 

NYO-USA’s concert at Weill Hall is part of an eight-city coast-to-coast U.S. tour led by renowned American conductor David Robertson and featuring violinist Gil Shaham.

The NYO-USA’s 2014 program to be performed will include the California premiere of “Radial Play” from American composer Samuel Carl Adams, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for NYO-USA; Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story;” Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto with Shaham; and Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 

The 120 members of the 2014 Orchestra – all ages 16-19, hailing from 35 U.S. states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico – have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country, following a comprehensive audition process.

Prior to embarking on the U.S. tour with Robertson and Shaham, the members of the second annual NYO-USA will spend two weeks training with principal players from some of the country’s best orchestras on the campus of Purchase College in New York. The Purchase residency includes sectional and full orchestral rehearsals, workshops on musical and non-musical topics designed to complement the tour repertoire, and social and recreational activities.  

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