“The National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) will travel to China this month in a bid to enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries,” states an unsigned article in the New York edition of Wednesday’s (6/8) Xinhua General News Service. “A special music event hosted by the Chinese Consul General in New York, Zhang Qiyue, was held here Tuesday night to mark the upcoming trip of the orchestra, which will present nine concerts during its China tour.… Established by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 2013, the NYO-USA showcases the talent among young instrumentalists across the United States.” Players range in age between 16 and 19 years and come from 37 states. “The orchestra’s tour will start in the capital city of Beijing on July 15, followed by appearances … in Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.” Before the tour, the orchestra performs at Purchase College, State University of New York, and at Carnegie Hall. Charles Dutoit conducts all performances, with Li Yundi as piano soloist. Repertoire includes the premiere of Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds by Tan Dun, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
Posted July 9, 2015