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Orchestra

December 16, 1978, Carnegie Hall
Youth Symphony Orchestra makes its New Jersey début (preparatory to its Carnegie Hall concert in December) introducing a 13-year-old violinist, Kurt Nikkanen, as soloist.  Dignitaries from the Finnish Mission to the United Nations attend.  Mr. Nikkanen receives a standing ovation.  Violinist Andrew Simionescu (later a concertmaster and husband of violinist Pamela Frank) is an orchestra member.

“Chamber Players,” comprised of orchestra members, is formed as “a small ensemble with the flexibility and mobility for concerts in hospitals, senior centers, and schools.” (-from President’s Message, undated)

February 25, 1979, Carnegie Hall
The 19-year-old pianist, Andrew Litton, wins the Kapell Competition, making his Carnegie Hall solo début performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.

April 29, 1979, Carnegie Hall
Performance features New York première of
Tombling Day Songs, by Robert Hart Baker, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor.


Concerts

Orchestra

December 16, 1978

Soloist:

Kurt Nikkanen

February 25, 1979

Soloist:

Andrew Litton

April 29, 1980

Soloist:

Paul Gati