Before the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America arrives in New York to prepare for its concert at Carnegie Hall and subsequent tour of China, revisit the orchestra's inaugural 2013 season when they toured to Washington, D.C., Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London.
Spanish composer Jerónimo Giménez dedicated his career writing zarzuelas—a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and operatic scenes. One of Giménez’s most ambitious and successful works is La tempranica. The work may be short and simple, but it covers a surprising amount of musical and dramatic ground.
In the videos below, watch soprano Pretty Yende and pianist Kamal Khan perform “Sierra de Granada” from La tempranica.
This performance was captured on October 13, 2014 in Weill Recital Hall as part of UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa.
In just over two weeks, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America will come together for its third season, which culminates in a tour of China with conductor Charles Dutoit and pianist YUNDI.
Before the members of the orchestra travel from all parts of the country to convene at Purchase College, we asked the musicians to show us the best of their hometowns. Here are their video responses.
The 2014 orchestra performs "America the Beautiful" for Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
The Venice Baroque Orchestra and mandolin player Avi Avital perform the third movement from Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Mandolin, Strings, and Continuo, RV 425.
This performance was captured on March 11, 2015 in Zankel Hall.
Sanford I. Weill received the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence at a gala benefit on Thursday, May 28, 2015, on the Weill Terrace and Terrace Room. The award recognizes Mr. Weill's outstanding leadership as a passionate philanthropist, exceptional businessman, and dedicated supporter of the arts who has worked tirelessly for more than three decades as a Carnegie Hall trustee to support and expand the scope of the Hall and its activities.
It also honors Mr. Weill in recognition of his transition earlier this year from his longtime role as Chairman of Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees to his new post as President, succeeding Isaac Stern as only the second person to hold the this title since Carnegie Hall was established as a non-profit in 1960.
In the videos below, watch soprano Pretty Yende and pianist Kamal Khan perform “Me voglio fa 'na casa” and “L’amor funesto” by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti.
Before the start of the 2015–2016 season, a new group of Ensemble ACJW fellows came together to embark on a two-year journey of artistry, education, leadership, and advocacy. The video below is a performance of David Lang’s these broken wings (part 2) captured on October 20, 2014 in Weill Recital—one of their first public performances together in Carnegie Hall.
Learn more about Ensemble ACJW.
Based on sonnets by the Italian poet Francesco Petrarca, Tre sonetti di Petrarca is a meditation on love. It is believed the woman who inspired these sonnets was Laura de Noves, whom Petrarch saw in the church of Sainte-Claire d’Avignon on Good Friday, April 6, 1327.
In the videos below, watch soprano Pretty Yende and pianist Kamal Khan perform Liszt’s Tre sonetti di Petrarca.
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