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National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America to Embark on Eight-City, Coast-to-Coast United States Tour with David Robertson and Gil Shaham in Summer 2014

Carnegie Hall today announced the complete schedule for the summer 2014 tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). The orchestra, composed of musicians ages 16-19, will embark on an eight-city, coast-to-coast US tour led by conductor David Robertson and featuring violinist Gil Shaham. The tour begins with a performance at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY (July 20), followed by the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut in New York City (July 22), a performance that will be heard by music lovers worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR and distributed by American Public Media.  NYO-USA’s tour continues with appearances at Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA as part of the Tanglewood music festival (July 24); Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in Boone, NC at An Appalachian Summer Festival (July 26); the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, IL’s Millennium Park as part of Grant Park Music Festival (July 28); Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, WY (July 30) as part of Grand Teton Music Festival; the recently-built Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA (August 2); and culminating at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA (August 4).

NYO-USA’s 2014 program to be performed at all tour venues will include the premiere of a new work 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 Mr. Shaham; and Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The musician roster for NYO-USA’s 2014 ensemble will be announced this March. 

Prior to departing on the US tour with Mr. Robertson and Mr. Shaham, the 120 members of the second annual NYO-USA will spend two weeks training with principal players from some of the country’s finest orchestras on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York. The Purchase residency will include sectional and full orchestral rehearsals, workshops on musical and non-musical topics designed to complement the tour repertoire, and social and recreational activities.  

In summer 2015, the National Youth Orchestra of the USA will make its first tour to China.

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