The musicians of the inaugural NYO-USA came together on the campus of Purchase College for an intensive week of rehearsals to prepare the tour program. Instrumental faculty joined the young players for a side-by-side rehearsal early in the week, as Orchestra Director James Ross filled the self-described role of “surrogate father” to the orchestra, working to build a strong sense of ensemble and equip the players with the flexibility to respond to Valery Gergiev’s direction in just 10 days’ time. Outside of full orchestra and sectional rehearsals devoted to the tour program (Sean Shepherd’s new work for NYO-USA, Magiya; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10), the residency offered a range of workshops and seminars. Topics included an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method, composing, conducting, musical improvisation, engaging audiences, yoga for musicians, and the cultural history of Moscow and St. Petersburg. The extraordinary instrumental faculty assembled for NYO-USA also offered a master class to the members of their respective sections and participated in an evening of chamber music reading and coaching.
July 4 was highlighted by a cookout for the orchestra and staff, and a few days later, NYO-USA enjoyed a day of sightseeing and music in New York City. Groups of musicians toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National September 11 Memorial, Central Park, and Times Square before gathering at Avery Fisher Hall for a New York Philharmonic performance and a post-concert panel discussion with members of the orchestra about touring and life as a professional musician. A Hudson River boat cruise and impromptu on-deck dance party capped a memorable day off for NYO-USA.
The second week of NYO-USA saw the arrival of maestro Valery Gergiev and soloist Joshua Bell for their first rehearsals with the orchestra, leading up to NYO-USA’s debut concert at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center. Two nights later, the orchestra’s tour began with a sold-out performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The musicians then embarked on an international journey that took them to Russia for concerts at the historic Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the newly opened Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, culminating in a performance at Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms.
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2013 NYO-USA in Pictures: • Week 1 • The First Weekend • Week 2 • Washington, DC • Moscow • St. Petersburg • London