Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra Performs at Riverside Church, June 8th - Part of First Trip to New York City

NYC trip (June 5-9, 2010) first in series of events to commemorate 40th anniversary of Youth Orchestra

The Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO) will perform at the historic Riverside Church on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 7 PM as part of its first trip to New York City . YO Music Director and SLSO Resident Conductor Ward Stare will conduct the performance, which will benefit the Riverside Food Pantry. The concert repertoire will include Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony and other works performed during the YO’s 2009-2010 season. This concert is the first in a series of events to commemorate the YO’s 40th anniversary season. The YO was founded in 1970 by SLSO Conductor Laureate Leonard Slaktin.

Sixty-four current members of the YO and three alumni will spend four days in Manhattan visiting several New York music landmarks. YO musicians will tour two of the city’s famed performing arts institutions: Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. The young musicians will also visit three of the country’s top music schools: The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College .

“The Youth Orchestra trip to New York will give members a new and unique performing experience in a wonderful space, introduce them first hand to some of New York 's musical institutions, and offer them a tour experience based on the professional operations’ procedures of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.” says YO Manager Peggy Neilson .

As part of the tour, YO members will also attend a New York Philharmonic concert on June 5. The following day, the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections will rehearse and be coached by members of the Philharmonic.

YO members and their families have been raising funds to cover tour costs. Anyone interested in making donations in support of the tour may contact Peggy Neilson at 314-286-4407 or

Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra NYC Performance:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 7 PM
The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10027

Suggested donation at the door: $20/$15

Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 "Reformation"
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Bernstein Candide Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Festival Overture


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