• Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012

    The New York String Orchestra and Jaime Laredo Perform Annual Holiday Season Concerts at Carnegie Hall on December 24 and December 28 

    Pianist Jonathan Biss Is Featured Soloist on December 24, Performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
    Soloists on December 28 Include Cellist Cicely Parnas and Clarinetist Anthony McGill
    More Than 60 Top Young Musicians from Around the World Come Together for Ten-Day Seminar in New York City Led by Artistic Director Jaime Laredo  
    Image of the New York String Orchestra © Chris Lee. 
    The New York String Orchestra, an ensemble of young players from around the world, returns to Carnegie Hall this holiday season for its two annual concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage conducted by Artistic Director Jaime Laredo. Over the past 43 years, the orchestra’s annual appearances each December have become a Carnegie Hall tradition and are the culmination of the ten-day New York String Orchestra Seminar, a nationally-acclaimed professional training program founded in 1969 for highly gifted 15 to 22-year-old musicians held under the auspices of Mannes College The New School for Music. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, one of many professional musicians who attended the workshop as a teenager, has called it “one of the defining moments” of his career.

    On Monday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., the orchestra performs the overture to Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19, featuring Jonathan Biss, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D Major, "London." The second program, on Friday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m., includes Mendelssohn’s Overture to The Hebrides, Saint-Saën’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, featuring Cicely Parnas, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622, featuring Anthony McGill, and Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances.

    In the New York String Orchestra Seminar's 43-year history, there has never been an application fee, and all those invited to participate have received full scholarships to this acclaimed national program. This season, a record number of over 440 students applied to the Seminar, representing 42 states and 13 countries, with accepted students representing 24 states and 6 countries. Auditions were held in seven cities across the country—Bloomington, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Rochester—to ensure that as many students as possible could audition without incurring travel costs. Those selected have been sent invitations to participate in the program, and six weeks later, they will travel to New York from across the nation and world to rehearse and perform together as the 2012 New York String Orchestra.

    In preparation for the concerts at Carnegie Hall, the young musicians will have the opportunity to rehearse with Mr. Laredo and renowned soloists including Jonathan Biss, Anthony McGill*, and Cicely Parnas, as well as in chamber music workshops with celebrated artists including members of the Juilliard, Orion, and Guarneri String Quartets, and be introduced to new musical worlds with an emphasis on playing expressively. This year’s chamber music faculty includes bassists Peter Lloyd* and Kurt Muroki*; bassoonist Frank Morelli; cellists Bonnie Hampton, Sharon Robinson, and Peter Wiley*; flutist Bart Feller*; oboist Linda Strommen*; violinists Pamela Frank*, Ida Kavafian*, Cho-Liang Lin*, Daniel Phillips*, Sylvia Rosenberg, Stephen Shipps*, and Hiroko Yajima; violists Samuel Rhodes, Michael Tree, and Steven Tenenbom*. (*Indicates New York String Orchestra Seminar alumni)

    About the Artists
    American pianist Jonathan Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances and for his award-winning recordings. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001 and since then has appeared with the foremost orchestras of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Mr. Biss is a frequent performer at leading international music festivals and gives recitals in major music capitals both at home and abroad, including engagements with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1999, Mr. Biss made his Carnegie Hall debut performing Mendlessohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo.

    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. Her cello studies began at age four, and she made her orchestral debut at nine. Since then, Ms. Parnas has performed as guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Cicely was presented as an inaugural performer for NPR’s Performance Today series, “Young Artists in Residence,” in December 2011. She performs with her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, as duo parnas, which recently released its third album, In Real Time. The December 28th appearance with the New York String Orchestra marks Ms Parnas’s Carnegie Hall debut.

    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. On January 20, 2009, Mr. McGill performed “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams 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 80th birthday. In 2000, Mr. McGill was a winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and in March of 2012 was one of the first three artists to receive the Sphinx Organization’s Medal of Excellence, which were presented at the U.S. Supreme Court. In January 2012, Mr. McGill was featured in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with The MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He can also be seen on the Live in HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera. Mr. McGill is an alumni of the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

    For over five decades, violinist Jaime Laredo has excelled in the roles of violinist, conductor, recitalist, and chamber musician. Since his orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Laredo has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics, and fellow musicians. He has been continually engaged by all of America’s major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia, with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, and Leonard Slatkin. Abroad, Mr. Laredo has performed as soloist and conductor with the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. For over 30 years, Mr. Laredo has interwoven solo and conducting dates with the schedule of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, and his commitment to educating the next generation of musicians. In addition to leading the New York String Orchestra, Mr. Laredo is Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Chamber Music Series, and guides the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Mr. Laredo has been a principal figure at the Marlboro Music and Aspen Music Festivals and is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Mr. Laredo first performed as a soloist with the New York String Orchestra in 1970.

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar, founded in 1969 by arts administrator Frank Salomon for the late conductor and violinist Alexander Schneider, is a professional education program that has prepared over 2,000 young musicians for careers as chamber, orchestral, and solo artists. A project of Mannes College The New School for Music’s New School Concerts department; the seminar brings 62 young musicians (ages 15-22) from around the country to New York City in December for a ten-day seminar of rehearsals and performance preparation led by violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo, along with three hours a day of chamber music study with distinguished chamber artists. In 1993, Mr. Laredo, Mr. Schneider's personal choice for successor, became artistic director and conductor of the seminar. All of the students invited to participate do so on full scholarship.

    Program Information
    Monday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
    Jonathan Biss, Piano

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to La clemenza di Tito
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
    JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D Major, "London"

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

    Friday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
    Cicely Parnas, Cello
    Anthony McGill, Clarinet

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

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

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced at $24–$58, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. 
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