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New York String Orchestra

Saturday, December 28, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Jaime Laredo by Christian Steiner, Shannon Lee by Carlin Ma
A youthful symphony by the 12-year-old Mendelssohn, a beloved Tchaikovsky concerto, and Brahms’s noble symphony are showcased by the stellar young musicians of the New York String Orchestra. Mendelssohn’s symphony unfolds in one movement and impresses with its wealth of ideas, while Tchaikovsky’s concerto soars with beautiful melodies. With his Symphony No. 1, Brahms assumed the mantle of the great German symphonist in a grandly scaled work that ascends to heroic heights.


New York String Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, Conductor
Shannon Lee, Violin


MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No. 10 in B Minor

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Becoming the Orchestra: The New York String Orchestra Seminar at 50

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

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

This evening’s concert places the youthful vigor of early Mendelssohn alongside the soulfulness of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and the mature mastery of Brahms. Even in one of Mendelssohn’s earliest pieces, the listener can detect the hallmarks of his energetic lyrical style. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto features the soloist in both virtuosic showcases and melodic dreaminess alongside a full orchestral palette, while Brahms’s music is transcendent and expressive but succinct, with ingenious melodic, motivic, and contrapuntal development. 

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