Performance Friday, December 28, 2012 | 8 PM

New York String Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
It’s a great way to say goodbye to 2012. Join Jaime Laredo and the next generation of great young performers—participants in the annual seminar of the New York String Orchestra—as they perform showpieces by Saint-Saëns and Mozart, and favorites by Mendelssohn and Dvořák.


  • New York String Orchestra
    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
  • Cicely Parnas, Cello
  • Anthony McGill, Clarinet


  • MENDELSSOHN Overture to The Hebrides
  • SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
  • MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
  • DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46, No. 1
  • DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in A-flat Major, Op. 46, No. 3
  • DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 2
  • DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 72, No. 7


  • New York String Orchestra

    One of the country's most acclaimed professional training programs, the New York String Orchestra Seminar was created in 1969 by arts manager Frank Salomon for violinist and conductor Alexander "Sasha" Schneider. Sasha inspired a generation of musicians with his deep commitment to young artists; prior to his death, he chose Jaime Laredo to succeed him as director. In its 43-year history, the seminar has introduced more than 2,000 exceptional young musicians to new musical ideas, offering them the challenge of performing two professional-level concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. There is no application fee to apply, and all participants receive full scholarships.

    Seminar alumni are found in leadership roles around the world. They include cellist Yo-Yo Ma; violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Kyoko Takezawa, and Shlomo Mintz; members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Orion, Johannes, Takács, and Kronos string quartets; concertmasters and members of the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and MET orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and the Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, and National symphonies; conductors Peter Oundjian, Joseph Swensen, Douglas Boyd, and Marin Alsop; and faculty members of the most distinguished conservatories and universities in the US.

    This year, the 62 New York String Orchestra members (ages 15-22) are from conservatories, colleges, and high schools across the US and Canada. Selected through highly competitive national auditions, students give up their winter holidays to come to New York City for 10 days of intensive orchestral rehearsals and chamber music sessions with master artists, including members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Orion, and Guarneri string quartets. The 2012 faculty includes Daniel Druckman*, Bart Feller*, Pamela Frank*, Mark Gould, Bonnie Hampton, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin*, Peter Lloyd*, Raymond Mase, Frank Morelli, Duncan Patton, Kurt Muroki*, Daniel Phillips*, Samuel Rhodes, Sharon Robinson, Stewart Rose, Sylvia Rosenberg, Stephen Shipps*, Laurie Smukler*, Linda Strommen*, Steven Tenenbom*, Michael Tree*, Peter Wiley*, Carol Wincenc, and Hiroko Yajima (*NYSOS alumni).

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar is a program of Mannes College The New School for Music's New School Concerts Department, administration: Frank Salomon, founding director; Rohana Elias-Reyes, director; music advisors Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, and Michael Tree; Advisory Committee members Dominick DeRiso, Mark Epstein, Fiona Morgan Fein, Bart Feller, Theodore Harris, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen, Jani Tree, and Helen Wright.

    New School Concerts thanks the conductor, coaches, soloists, audition panelists and advisors for their invaluable contributions to the project, and the many others whose time, effort, and resources make the seminar possible. Our thanks to the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Hyperbolic Audio, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University's The Shepherd School of Music, and the Wellington Hotel. We thank Nathan Cole, Bart Feller, Valerie Feuer, Laura Flax, Ida Kavafian, Dean Richard Kessler, Julie Landsman, Diane Lesser, Julia Lichtman, Don Liuzzi, Mary Malin, Raymond Mase, Frank Morelli, Kurt Muroki, Tara O'Connor, Susan Sawyer, Michael Seabrook, Stephen Shipps, Linda Strommen, Steven Tenenbom, Jonathan Vinocour, and Hiroko Yajima for their extra efforts on behalf of the project. Additionally, we are grateful to Carnegie Hall's administration and staff, whose efforts go into making the New York String Orchestra Seminar a success.

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    Jaime Laredo

    Performing across the globe for more than five decades, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Since his stunning San Francisco Symphony debut at the age of 11, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics, and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. Mr. Laredo's education and development were greatly influenced by his teachers Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, as well as by private coachings with eminent masters Pablo Casals and George Szell. At the age of 17, he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, launching his rise to international prominence.

    In the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Laredo tours as conductor, soloist, and member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Mr. Laredo and his colleague and former student Jennifer Koh embark together on a project called Two x Four, which celebrates the relationship between teacher and student through music. They perform double violin concertos by Bach, Philip Glass, and two newly commissioned works by composers Anna Clyne and David Ludwig. This season, Mr. Laredo and Ms. Koh also perform with the IRIS Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Laredo has made close to 100 recordings, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Brahms piano quartets with Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, and Yo-Yo Ma. His numerous releases range from the complete Bach sonatas with Glenn Gould (CBS/RCA) to Triple Doubles, a 2011 album with Sharon Robinson and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra that includes three double concerto premieres by Daron Hagen, Richard Danielpour, and David Ludwig.

    Mr. Laredo's stewardships of the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis have become beloved educational pillars of the string community. This year marks the beginning of his tenure at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He concurrently holds director positions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music at 92Y series in New York, and Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati.

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  • Cicely Parnas

    Born in 1993, cellist Cicely Parnas is one of the finest young artists performing today. A unique presence on the concert stage, she is recognized for her highly individualized sound, exquisite tone, and spontaneous creativity fueled by an affable fearlessness. Beginning her cello studies at age four, she made her orchestral debut at age nine. Since then, Ms. Parnas has performed 40 times as soloist with orchestra, collaborating with conductors Jaime Laredo, Randall Fleischer, and David Alan Miller, among others.

    In 2011, Ms. Parnas was an inaugural performer in NPR's Performance Today Young Artists in Residence series; that year, she also won the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Cello Concerto Competition. In the chamber setting, she performs with her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, as duo parnas. The sibling duo took first prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall and released two albums of 20th-century repertoire, before concertizing with pianist Peter Serkin as the Parnas-Serkin Trio. The duo's third album, In Real Time, is a collection of 21st-century works by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen.

    This season, Ms. Parnas makes her Vermont Symphony Orchestra debut under the baton of conductor Jaime Laredo and tours as soloist with France's Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. As a featured performer at the El Paso Pro-Musica Festival, Ms. Parnas appears as soloist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, as well as in several chamber music concerts.

    Ms. Parnas studies with Sharon Robinson at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds an artist diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previous teachers include Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman. She is a first prize winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino cello, a gift from her grandfather, cellist Leslie Parnas.

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  • Anthony McGill

    Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has been recognized as one of classical music's finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. Before joining the MET Orchestra in 2004, he served as associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore, New Jersey, San Diego, and Kalamazoo symphony orchestras; as well as the Symphony in C.

    On January 20, 2009, Mr. McGill performed John Williams's Air and Simple Gifts with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and again on August 18, 2012, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as part of a special concert honoring John Williams's 80th birthday. In 2000, Mr. McGill was a winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in March 2012 was one of the first three artists to receive the Sphinx Organization's Medal of Excellence.

    Mr. McGill has collaborated with many musicians, including Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang, and appeared at such festivals as Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Grand Teton, Interlochen, Music from Angel Fire, Bridgehampton, and Sarasota.

    Mr. McGill's love of chamber music has taken him throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. He has worked with such quartets as the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Shanghai, Pacifica, Miami, Miró, and Daedalus; and performed with Musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a member of the Schumann Trio with violist Michael Tree and pianist Anna Polonsky.

    Mr. McGill attended Interlochen Arts Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music; former teachers include Donald Montanaro, Richard Hawkins, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, David Tuttle, and Sidney Forrest. He currently serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Mannes College The New School for Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music. Mr. McGill is an alumnus of the 1998 and 1999 New York String Orchestra seminars.

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Mendelssohn's The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor, "Fingal's Cave", Op. 26
Scottish Chamber Orchestra | Jaime Laredo, Conductor

At a Glance

London, Paris, Vienna, Prague. Whether visiting or residing, the four composers on tonight's program had established important relationships with these cultural centers of Europe. Mendelssohn, on his tour of the British Isles, wrote what amounts to a musical postcard in the Overture to Die Hebriden, as did Dvořák in his exploration of Slovakian culture in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The two concertos on tonight's program reflect the classic musical style of Mozart and Saint-Saëns's respective eras: the First Viennese School and French Romanticism.


Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.
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