Season 17 1979-1980
Pianist Lorin Hollander performed with members of the orchestra at the annual Celanese Corporation-sponsored musicale and buffet lunch in September.
Youth Symphony Orchestra brass quintet performed at Macy's Herald Square in December.
YSO performed their 50th concert featuring, Aaron Copland's Danzon Cubano.
Mayor Edward I. Koch proclaimed January 27, l980, Youth Symphony Orchestra Day in honor of its 50th program and "in recognition of the outstanding contributions it has made to the city."
Herbert and Clae Rosengarten sponsored a violin competition. The winners are Andy Simonescu, 16, and Kurt Nikkanen, 14, co-concertmasters of the orchestra. They played in the Carnegie Hall concert in April.
Cellist Regina Mushabac received The Concert Artists Guild Award from John Lindsay.
Suzanne Kesselman becomes Manager of the organization.
October 28, 1979
Soloist Regina Mushabac
Season 17 Winter Concert
January 27, 1980
Soloist Gabriel Banat
April 26, 1980
Soloist Kurt Nikkanen