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NYYS History

Season 15 1977-1978

Robert Hart Baker (later conductor of the Asheville, N.C. orchestra) became music director in his conducting début. Pamela Frank (later a stellar soloist and winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant) is member of the second violins section.

New York première of Piece for Orchestra, by David Smadbeck, 23.

Performance features New York première of Vathek, Symphonic Poem, Op. 56, by Horatio Parker.

New York Times:  “The orchestra . . . boasts impressive brasses and woodwinds” (Joseph Horowitz 4/4/78)


Sponsored by Bernard Kapell, the William Kapell Memorial Award (a cash prize of $250 and a performance with the orchestra to a student under 21) becomes an annual event.