Tuesday (2/5) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Deborah Vankin writes, “The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra has played all over the city, UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall and the Skirball Cultural Center included. But it hasn’t ventured outside of L.A. Now the orchestra will finally hit the road—and it’s headed straight to Carnegie Hall. ‘Why settle?’ says Artistic Director Russell Steinberg. More than 75 students, ages 8 to 18, will travel to New York for a Feb. 25 concert. The evening is in honor of their late program director and viola coach Eve Cohen, who passed away from cancer last October. Orchestra alumni who worked with Cohen will join the performance. Steinberg feels his orchestra is ready to play the big stage. He’s also particularly proud of how diverse the group is. … For the New York concert, composer-conductor Steinberg wrote two pieces for the orchestra to premiere: ‘EveStar,’ in Cohen’s memory, and a piece called ‘Carnegie Overture.’ ” The orchestra will also play works of Beethoven and de Falla.
Posted February 6, 2013