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ESYO at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
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The Empire State Youth Orchestra will pay tribute to two of America’s revered composers and conductors, celebrating Samuel Adler at 90 and Leonard Bernstein at 100 on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

For his 100th birthday year, ESYO will raise a toast to Bernstein’s centennial with a rendition of one of his great early successes, music to the ballet “Fancy Free.” In honor of Samuel Adler’s 90th birthday, the Orchestra will perform Adler’s “A Bridge to Understanding.” The ESYO-commissioned piece premiered 10 years ago at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for the New Music for a New Generation Festival.

The concert will also feature this season’s Lois Lyman Concerto Competition Winner, pianist Gabrielle Kim. At 18 years old, the young virtuoso will lead the orchestra in a passionate performance of Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto in A minor. Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo and pianist Gabrielle Kim join us.

The first Empire State Youth Orchestra concert of the season on November 4 will make music history as the Youth Orchestra teams up with pianist Jeffrey Biegel at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to perform the New York State Premiere of a recent composition from legendary musical satirist P.D.Q. Bach. The evening will also include Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Prokovfiev's Symphony No. 5. 

Helen Cha-Pyo is the Conductor and Music Director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra joined us on the program. 

On February 11th, Empire State Youth Orchestras signature Youth Orchestra will take the Proctors stage with Fireworks Ensemble, a cross-over classical music ensemble that was lauded by the New York Times for its “hell-for-leather arrangements” and “show-stopping solos.”

Together, the two groups will share an evening of music that will include the world-premiere of a piece written by Fireworks Ensemble member and composer Brian Coughlin commissioned by ESYO called Play.

Empire State Youth Orchestra Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo and Fireworks Ensemble member and composer Brian Coughlin join us. 

On May 21 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York, The Empire State Youth Orchestra will come together to celebrate Music Without Borders as ESYO’s CHIME kids take to the stage for their first-ever public concert alongside our Empire State Wind Orchestra, and signature Empire State Youth Orchestra.

ESYO 360

May 5, 2015

  ESYO 360 is a celebration at Proctors in Schenectady on May 17th of the past, present, and future of Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO).

The concert will feature all nine of ESYO's performing groups - playing a wide variety of music - jazz, band, classical, percussion. The grand finale will have 350 musicians - current ESYO musicians and ESYO alumni - all on the stage performing at the same time!

Helen Cha-Pyo is the Music Director and Conductor of ESYO and she joins us now along with Hannah Dick, principal timpanist and a percussionist in ESYO’s Youth Orchestra.

 Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members in one or more of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles.

This Sunday, ESYO will present a concert of Russian music at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and on April 4th they will join the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany to produce/perform a concert to benefit Northern Rivers.

Here to tell us more are ESYO’s new Executive Director, Becky Carlos and Music Director, Helen Cha-Pyo.