The National Youth Orchestra hopes to inspire

Posted on: July 12, 2013

In Friday’s (7/12) Washington Post, Anne Midgette writes, “On Saturday night, an elite orchestra made up of the best young musicians across the country, led by conductor Valery Gergiev, will take the stage at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall … the one-of-a-kind youth orchestra … is called the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America; it was founded by Carnegie Hall, and it’s in its maiden season. Our nation hardly lacks youth orchestras. There are six year-round organizations in the Washington area alone. … But none of them is doing what the National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA) is doing: taking a bunch of talented kids on tour to some of the leading venues in the world—the Kennedy Center, the Proms in London, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg … ‘There’s a great, great culture of youth orchestras in this country,’ says Clive Gillinson, the executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall in New York. … Gillinson … sees it as an elite body made up of ‘the very, very best young players in [the] country, bringing them together in a way that everybody inspires everybody else.’ ”

Posted July 12, 2013