Pianist and Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Artist Harmony Zhu will perform one of Beethoven's masterworks next to a world premiere by Marco-Adrián Ramos, Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, providing a unique concert experience for all.
Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 with Harmony Zhu, piano
Marco-Adrián Ramos: Rehén de tus labios, o Escena de telenovela (First Music world première)
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Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Drummer and composer Matt Wilson joins NYYS Jazz Band for their season-opening performance in a program celebrating the great drummers of Jazz History: Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Shelly Manne, and more. Combining buoyant zeal, idiosyncratic style, infectious humor, joyous swing, an indomitable spirit of surprise, and his universally recognized personal warmth, Wilson is one of the most in-demand players and educators on the modern jazz scene.
Matt Horanzy: One Batch, Two Batch (First Music commissioned world première)
Matt Wilson, drums
Sterling Elliott, 2019 Winner of the Sphinx Competition will perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto. Composer Tanner Porter's commissioned work will take inspiration not only from the Pines of Rome by Respighi, but also from the students at the KIPP Academy Middle School in the South Bronx, where NYYS has been in-residence for two seasons.
Dvořák: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104 with Sterling Elliott, cello
Tanner Porter: The Sycamore and the Oak (First Music world première)
Respighi: Pines of Rome
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Sets at 7:30 & 9:30 PM
NYYS Jazz Band and saxophonist Steve Wilson pay homage to Charlie Parker’s centennial and bebop innovations. Described by the New York Times as “An endlessly adaptable alto and soprano saxophonist, at home in myriad settings,” Wilson has attained a ubiquitous status in the field through his work on stage and in studio with a wide range of artists including Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, and Joe Henderson.
Devin Reilly: In the Shadow of Tall Giants (First Music commissioned world première)
Steve Wilson, saxophone
The NYYS Chamber Music program, led by director Dr. Lisa Tipton, offers young musicians an opportunity to explore the often complex dialogue between instruments as a metaphor for learning skills that emphasize open communication, harmony, and compromise. An Evening Among Friends is the underlying theme of each performance. Multiple NYYS ensembles will provide an exhilarating evening of chamber performances at Scandinavia House, the host of our first two performances.
The second NYYS chamber music concert takes place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and features the world première of Nina Shekhar’s Tikka. Our students are sure to fill this stately hall with energy!
Wycliffe Gordon joins NYYS Jazz Band for a lively program celebrating the musical legacy of New Orleans to close out the 19-20 season. A leading musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, triple-threat trombonist, trumpeter, and vocalist Wycliffe Gordon lends his hard-swinging sound, and prodigious technique to NYYS Jazz Band for a thrilling program celebrating the rhythms, repertoire, and legacy of The Crescent City.
Greg Weis: The Pen is Mightier (First Music commissioned world première)
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, trumpet, vocals
NYYS Composition program, led by Dr. Kyle Blaha, has broken new ground in its acclaimed sessions for younger composers to examine orchestration styles, techniques, and skills. The program offers student composers the opportunity to explore the world of composition and orchestration through seminars, individual tutorials and workshops. This annual Composition Date performance, to be held at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, will include original student compositions performed by members of the Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz, and Robert L. Poster Apprentice Conducting programs.
Anna Jacobs continues to direct the Musical Theater Composition program into its second season. The program is specially designed to lead students through a range of musical theater songwriting processes, and this year end concert allows the students to showcase their original works. NYYS students will be performing alongside students from the Harlem School of the Arts.
The final orchestra performance features the recently rediscovered Piano concerto of Florence Price, performed by pianist and Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Artist Michelle Cann. Following a world première by First Music composer Patrick O'Malley, Mahler's First Symphony, the "Titan," will end the season boldly and proudly.
Patrick O’ Malley: Here, We Are Something Else (First Music world première)
Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement with Michelle Cann, piano
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, in D Major, “Titan”
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