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National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:30 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Michael Tilson Thomas by Chris Wahlberg, Jean-Yves Thibaudet by Decca / Kasskara
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, showcasing his mastery of a wide range of repertoire, dedication to mentoring young talent, and commitment to the music of living composers. Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Gershwin's effervescent Piano Concerto—a touchstone work for both soloist and conductor—in a program that includes Sibelius's heroic Symphony No. 2, as well as the world premiere of a new work by Ted Hearne, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Come hear the country's brightest young musicians, brought together by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, in one of the summer's most eagerly anticipated events.

Part of: Perspectives: Michael Tilson Thomas

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Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano


TED HEARNE Brass Tacks (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F Major
- intermission -
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2

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Michael Tilson Thomas: 2018–2019 Perspectives Artist

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

NYO-USA Sponsors: Fubon Financial; MBK Partners; and United Airlines®, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

Major funding has been provided by The Carl Jacobs Foundation; JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation; Poongsan Corporation; PwC; and WeMusic Inc.

Additional funding has been provided by the Arison Arts Foundation; the Jack Benny Family Foundation; Chi Mei Culture Foundation; and Jolyon Stern and Nelle Nugent.

Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall’s Composer Club.

At a Glance

This evening’s program opens with Brass Tacks, a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by American composer Ted Hearne, followed by two beloved 20th-century works that represent advances in symphonic form and in the careers of their respective composers. Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major was composed in three traditional movements, unlike the more improvisatory Rhapsody in Blue. Though much like the Rhapsody, the Piano Concerto integrates American jazz, ragtime, and Tin Pan Alley motifs into classical forms. Sometimes brassy and exuberant, sometimes bluesy and sentimental, the concerto provides a virtuoso showpiece for the pianist while exploring the full range of Gershwin’s sensibility. Sibelius’s Second Symphony advanced far beyond the 19th-century rhetoric of his First Symphony while retaining the hymn-like grandeur of popular nationalistic works like Finlandia. The first three movements are full of mysterious, elusive fragments that build organically toward the noble, simple lines of the finale.

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