The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to partner with Carnegie Hall for a second year with the NYO2 initiative. Launched by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, NYO2 is a three-week, intensive summer training program for outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 at SUNY-Purchase. NYO2 has a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. NYO2 aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those who will bring greater diversity to classical orchestral music and/or those who have not had access to highly selective training opportunities through major youth orchestra programs, summer festivals and camps, or similar experiences outside of their local community.
Following an intensive residency at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY) in conjunction with NYO-USA, the musicians of NYO2 will make their Carnegie Hall debut on Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 PM with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, who returns to lead the orchestra for the second straight season. The program will include Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919 version) in a side-by-side performance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and a set with special guest vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding. The orchestra will also perform in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall two days prior, on Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 PM, in a concert that will feature Falla’s “The Three-Cornered Hat” Suite No. 2, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to the works to be featured in the Carnegie Hall program. Over the course of three days in Philadelphia, the NYO2 members will also have opportunities to interact with local young musicians.
As part of their residency at Purchase College, NYO2 musicians will work closely with select members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, an organization with its own deep commitment to education and artist training, thanks to a partnership between Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra.
NYO2's concert in Philadelphia is free and open to the public, with reservations available online starting at 12 PM on Wednesday, July 12.