Performance Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 7 PM

New York String Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A New York City holiday tradition for more than 40 years, young musicians who are participants in the New York String Orchestra’s annual seminar make Christmas Eve very bright with their radiant concert. This year, they perform an all-Mozart program that features the bubbly overture to his youthful opera The Impresario, his effervescent Oboe Concerto with Liang Wang, and the Symphony No. 39—one of his miraculously crafted final symphonies.


  • New York String Orchestra
    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
  • Liang Wang, Oboe


  • Overture to The Impresario, K. 486
  • Oboe Concerto
  • Symphony No. 39

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • New York String Orchestra

    One of the country's most acclaimed professional training programs, the New York String Orchestra Seminar and its alumni have had a major impact on the music world in the United States and abroad. The program was created in 1969 by arts manager Frank Salomon for violinist and conductor Alexander "Sasha" Schneider, who chose Jaime Laredo to succeed him as director. In its 45-year history, the seminar has introduced more than 2,000 exceptional young musicians from across the nation to new musical ideas and offered them the challenge of performing two professional-level concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. There is no application fee to apply to the seminar, and all participants receive full scholarships. For more detailed information on the program and its commitment to offering a full scholarship to each participating student, visit If you would like to know more about what the program means to our students and what the futurebrings them, send an email to to receive periodic updates.

    Seminar alumnus Yo-Yo Ma (1977) shared, "[The seminar was] one of the defining moments for me as a teenager," as it was for so many of today's musical leaders: soloists such as violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Kyoko Takezawa, and Shlomo Mintz; conductors who include Peter Oundjian, Joseph Swensen, Douglas Boyd, and Marin Alsop; concertmasters of more than 40 orchestras (including the Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia orchestras, and the Los Angeles and Czech philharmonics); members of such ensembles as the Emerson, Guarneri, Kronos, and Takács string quartets and Brooklyn Rider; and faculty at leading music schools and conservatories. They call the seminar a "life-changing musical experience" that opened new musical worlds for them. Each new generation of New York String Orchestra Seminar alumni continues to make a vital contribution to music and illuminate lives around the country.

    This year, the 61 New York String Orchestra members (ages 16-23) 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 with Mr. Laredo and chamber music sessions with master artists, including members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Orion, and Guarneri string quartets.

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar is a program of Mannes College The New School for Music's New School Concerts Department. New School Concerts thanks the conductor, coaches, soloists, audition panelists, and advisors for their invaluable contributions to the project, and the many otherswhose time, effort, and resources make the seminar possible. Our thanks to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Colburn School, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University's The Shepherd School of Music, and the Wellington Hotel. We thank Steven Ansell, Soo Bae, Michelle Baker, Patricia Davis, Bart Feller, Valerie Feuer, Laura Flax, James Gandre, David Geber, Mark Holloway, Ida Kavafian, Dean Richard Kessler, Diane Lesser, Julia Lichtman, Don Liuzzi, Peter Lloyd, Malcolm Lowe, Mary Malin, Raymond Mase, Frank Morelli, Kurt Muroki, William Ochoa, Tara O'Connor, Daniel Phillips, Susan Sawyer, Michael Seabrook, Stephen Shipps, Linda Strommen, Steven Tenenbom, and Hiroko Yajima for their extra efforts on behalf of the project. Additionally, we are grateful to Carnegie Hall's administration and staff, and the many others whose efforts go into making the New York String Orchestra Seminar a success. Visit for more information.

    Jaime Laredo

    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. At the age of 17, he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, launching his rise to international prominence.

    In the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Laredo tours as a conductor, soloist, and member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He also tours with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, performing André Previn's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. They premiered the work in November with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and will perform it with the Toronto, Detroit, Kansas City, Austin, and Pacific symphony orchestras. Mr. Laredo and Ms. Robinson also perform in recital for Montreal's Société Pro Musica and on tour in Bolivia.

    Mr. Laredo has recorded close to 100 discs, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Brahms piano quartets with Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, and Yo-Yo Ma. His recordings include the complete Bach sonatas with Glenn Gould (CBS/RCA); recent premiere recordings of double concertos with violinist Jennifer Koh, 2x4 (Cedille Records, 2014) and cellist Sharon Robinson, Triple Doubles (Bridge Records, 2011);
    and many award-winning recordings with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

    Mr. Laredo's stewardships of the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall (last year marked his 20th anniversary as conductor) andthe International Violin Competition of Indianapolis have become beloved educational pillars of the string community. In 2012, he began his tenure at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He concurrently holds director positions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati; he was also artistic director of the Chamber Music at 92Y series in New York for 40 years. Born in Bolivia, Mr. Laredo resides in Guilford, Vermont, and Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson.


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  • Liang Wang

    Liang Wang is the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. He was born in China in 1980 to a musical family; at age seven, he began his studies with his uncle, a professional oboist. In 1993, he entered Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music, and two years later attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. During his time there, he won the Jack Smith Memorial Award at the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Spotlight Competition, in addition to being a two-time winner of a Los Angeles Philharmonic Fellowship.

    Mr. Wang made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011, performing Chen Qigang's Extase, which he also performed with the Orchestre Colonne at the Opéra Royal de Versailles in 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the People's Republic of China. Other recent appearances have included performances of Mozart's Oboe Concerto with Les Violons du Roy in Quebec City; Mozart's and Richard Strauss's oboe concertos on tour with China's major symphony orchestras; and Bach's "Brandenburg" concertos nos. 1 and 2 at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

    Mr. Wang completed his bachelor's degree in 2003 at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Woodhams. While at Curtis, he was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with John de Lancie. Mr. Wang was a 2003 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition prizewinner.

    Mr. Wang has served as principal oboist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and as associate principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony; he was a guest principal oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Music from Angel Fire summer music festival and has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has given master classes at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, Mannes College The New School For Music, and Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Wang was also on the oboe faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Additionally, he is an honorary professor at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.


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Mozart's Symphony No. 39, K. 543: III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio
New York Philharmonic | Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
Sony BMG

At a Glance

This evening’s concert paints a portrait of one of history’s most beloved composers. Though these three works were written during a single decade of Mozart’s life, they reveal three distinct musical personalities and personal situations. From an orchestral composer and fledgling concerto soloist when he wrote the Oboe Concerto, to an operatic superstar and in-demand pianist when he wrote the Impresario Overture, to an artist struggling with an increasingly complex musical style and waning audiences when he wrote the Symphony No. 39, we observe Mozart’s development through the lens of his own music, from the light and humorous to the deeply profound. 
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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