Variations on Symphonic Landscapes of America with the Empire State Youth Orchestra

by Sophie Hisert - inspired by Grofe Grand Canyon Suite

7:00 pm • Saturday, October 25th 2014
The Egg Center for the Performing Arts • Albany, NY

Graduates of [youth orchestras] thrive in all professional fields: medicine, law, education, science research, finance, politics, arts, and, of course, music.”  —Helen Cha-Pyo, ESYO Music Director

Ever wonder where young people’s interest in music is nurtured and developed such that we have quality musicians feeding our professional orchestras, chamber music, jazz, and yes even rock and pop groups? And creative thinkers and collaborators in the professions of medicine, law, education, science research, and finance? Well … it’s organizations such as the Empire State Youth Orchestra … right here in the greater Capital Region.

We know … for anybody reading this, we’re probably preaching to the choir. But, just in case you want to know more about the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO), you can watch one of WMHT’s A House for the Arts segments on the organization and its varied ensembles.

OR better yet, you can catch them this weekend in concert.

The Empire State Youth Orchestra’s program entitled “Symphonic Landscapes of America” is a multi-sensory experience bringing visual art and music together. Original works of art created by local high school artists with the music of American composers that inspired them will be presented through the projection of these paintings on a large screen during the concert. Sophie Hisert’s stunning piece (above), which uses inks on mylar paper to express the fluid movement she heard in Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, is an example of the work that will accompany the Orchestra.

Described as a dynamic and vibrant program, the work to be performed include:

  • Charles IvesVariations on America
  • Ferde Grofé — selected movements from Grand Canyon Suite
  • Aaron CoplandVariations on a Shaker Tune:  Simple Gifts
  • Michael DaughertyRoute 66
  • Mark O’Connor — “Variations on Appalachia Waltz” from Americana Symphony
  • C. DragonAmerica the Beautiful

Arrive early and you can attend a wine & cheese reception (5:30 – 6:45 pm), including an art gallery, and listen to remarks by ESYO Conductor Helen Cha-Pyo. For more information, you may want to check with the Empire State Youth Orchestra (click here).

Upcoming Events

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Schenectady Symphony performs W.A. Mozart
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, October 24th 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • NOSFERATU – Symphony of Horror (1922)
  • Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston
    Friday, October 24th 2014 at 7:30 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Verdi’s Macbeth
  • Time & Space Limited*, Hudson, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 12:55 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (New Production)
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • Empire State Youth Orchestra: Symphonic Landscapes of America
  • The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, NY
    Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 7:00 pm

  • de Blasiis Chamber Music Series: Neave Piano Trio
  • Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 2:00 pm

  • Rafal Blechaz, piano: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin
  • Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 3:00 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: pianist Dubravka Tomsic / W.A. Mozart, Scarlatti, Brahms
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 6:00 pm

  • Close Encounters with Music: Mozart | Rejoice, Exult!
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA
    Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 6:00 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra performs Mahler
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, October 31st 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Regal Crossgates Stadium 18, Albany, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 12:55 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Time & Space Limited*, Hudson, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 12:55 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • The Met’s “Live in HD”: Bizet’s Carmen
  • Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY
    Saturday, November 1st 2014 at 1:00 pm

  • Close Encounters with Music: Touching the Sound – The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii
  • The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
    Sunday, November 2nd 2014 at 2:00 pm