Review: NYO-USA and NYO2 concerts at Carnegie Hall

Posted on: August 8, 2019

Recent concerts at Carnegie Hall by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) and NYO2 “were inspiring,” writes Bruce Hodges in Tuesday’s (8/6) Musical America. “On July 30, NYO2 turned Carnegie Hall into a festive party, with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto overseeing an ensemble of 80 players, augmented by 13 fellows from the New World Symphony in Miami…. Manuel de Falla’s … The Three-Cornered Hat … made an ideal opener, brimming with addictive Latin rhythms, and the students responded with robust enthusiasm.” Gabriela Montero performed with the orchestra in her own Piano Concerto No. 1 (“Latin”), and Stravinsky’s Petrushka was followed by encores that “ignited the proceedings further…. The following Saturday … the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) offered a sophisticated menu with Royal Opera House Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano on the podium,” featuring Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie, the latter requiring “a mammoth orchestra. NYO-USA boasted almost 70 string players, in addition to the score’s notable percussion battery … and beefed-up forces elsewhere, including a heckelphone, celesta, organ, and (perhaps most astonishingly) 16 horns. Pappano directed with unusual vigor, and the musicians responded with fervor.”

Posted August 8, 2019