Season 36

First Music Commissions

Orchestra

Rags to Richard
Concerto for Everyone

Chamber Music

Piano Quartet

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Season 36

Orchestra

The 36th Season benefit honors Nathan Leventhal, President of Lincoln Center, with the Theodore L. Kesselman Award for Arts Education.  The event, held at the Marlborough Gallery featured a serenade by world-renowned clarinetist Richard Stolzman.

May 23, 1999, Carnegie Hall
The Youth Symphony concludes the year with a powerful program, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Concerto Violin Concerto with soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.  The program is rounded out by Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a music tour de force.

First Music alumni Michael Torke and Aaron Jay Kernis are commissioned by the Walt Disney Company to write choral symphonies in celebration of the Millennium.

First Music Commission

December 13, 1998, Carnegie Hall
First Music 16 winner Carter Pann composes Rags to Richard which is premiered magically by Richard Stolzman at the opening December concert.  The composition, a pair of dance movements based on ragtime, spotlights both the orchestra and soloist in this modern jazzy showcase.

The New York Times heralds Maestro Mischa Santora for his performance of Brahms Second Symphony.  “When it comes to making new music a natural part of the concertgoing experience, few orchestras in the United States can match the record of the New York Youth Symphony.”  “The musicians seem excited by him (Mischa Santora), and with good reason:  he is a solid technician and a sensitive musician.”  (Tommasini  12-15-98)

 


Apprentice Conducting Program

The Apprentice Conducting Program is “revitalized” by Director Mischa Santora.

Curtis Institute Alumni “Overtones”:  “ ‘For me, this was a fantastic opportunity, especially after graduating from Curtis’, said Mr. Santora.  ‘The New York Youth Symphony is a fine orchestra to work with, and it is a wonderful organization that is very supportive of young conductors and young artists in general’.”  “ . . . ‘this is a phenomenal opportunity to enhance my conducting skills while being exposed to a great audience’.”

The New York Times:  “Over the years, the remarkable New York Youth Symphony has been visited by some renowned guest soloists.  The inspired young musicians can learn something from these role models, who always perform without a fee.”  About Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony:  “Mr. Santora, conducting from memory, led a spacious, resonant and accomplished performance.”  “. . . in performing a new work by an emerging composer on almost every program the Youth Symphony offers its players an example of true dedication.”  (Tommasini  5-27-99)

Concerts

Orchestra

December 13, 1998

Soloist:

Richard Stoltzman

March 7, 1999

Soloist:

Vitalij Kuprij

May 23, 1999

Soloist:

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Chamber Music