Performance Sunday, December 28, 2014 | 2 PM

New York String Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
This concert by the New York String Orchestra bids a romantic farewell to the old year with Tchaikovsky’s melodic Serenade in C Major for Strings, Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony, and Barber’s romantic Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich, who “performs like a musician who takes nothing for granted, communicating an expressive, joyful spontaneity” (The New York Times).


  • New York String Orchestra
    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
  • Augustin Hadelich, Violin


  • TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade in C Major for Strings
  • BARBER Violin Concerto
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute 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, visit

    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 others whose 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-winningdisc 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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  • Augustin Hadelich

    One of the most inspiring violinists of his generation, Augustin Hadelich is the 2006 gold medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2011, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Martin E. Segal Award in 2012. Featured on the May 2014 cover of Strings Magazine, Mr. Hadelich is also becoming a familiar figure in Europe and Asia.

    Highlights of Mr. Hadelich's 2014-2015 season include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. His other engagements include being artist-in-residence with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, a tour with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and a recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall.

    In North America, Mr. Hadelich has performed with almost every major orchestra and makes his Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debuts during the 2015-2016 season. Recent and upcoming worldwide appearances include the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Tokyo's NHK Symphony, Dublin's RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Hadelich has appeared in recital at The Frick Collection in New York; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; Kioi Hall in Tokyo; The Louvre in Paris; and the chamber music societies of Detroit, Philadelphia, and Vancouver. Available on Avie Records, Mr. Hadelich's numerous recordings include the recent Gramophone Award-nominated recording of the Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Hannu Lintu.

    The son of German parents, Mr. Hadelich was born and raised in Italy. He holds an artist diploma from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff. He performs on the 1723 "Ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


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Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68: V. Allegretto
New York Philharmonic | Leonard Bernstein, Conductor

At a Glance

This afternoon’s program features three seminal works by well-known masters, linked together across the roughly 150-year span of their dates of composition by Romantic ideals. In his Serenade for Strings, Tchaikovsky—a Romantic icon—combines an inward-looking search for emotion and meaning with inspiration from Mozart and his native folk music. Beethoven, the prophet of the Romantic era, finds inspiration in nature and humanity’s relationship to it in his beloved Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” and finally, Samuel Barber represents the twilight of Romanticism, his lyrical, melancholic Violin Concerto showcasing the composer’s unique voice and distinctly American, yet cosmopolitan, perspective. Both Tchaikovsky and Barber show off their gifts of melody and breathtaking orchestral color, while Beethoven’s earnest warmth exalts nature and predicts the future of music. Each work is a masterpiece that has now become part of the standard repertoire, beloved by audiences and revered by performers.
Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.