This month sees Askonas Holt’s first collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) for their summer 2015 tour and inaugural visit to China.
Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the USA to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The NYO-USA will perform under the direction of esteemed conductor Charles Dutoit and featured guest soloist YUNDI for concerts in New York (including Carnegie Hall on 11 July), before embarking on an international tour to spectacular cities in mainland China and Hong Kong. Over two and a half weeks, the tour takes in major performing arts centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
The touring concert programme opens with the world premiere of Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds composed by the Chinese contemporary composer Tan Dun. This brand-new piece, commissioned by Carnegie Hall specifically for NYO-USA, takes inspiration from both old and new, natural and man-made, incorporating birdsong as well as crowd-sourced sounds gathered from social media and produced by smart phones.
Hot on the heels of his sold-out North American recital tour, Yundi joins the orchestrea to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”. The programme ends with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a work deeply marked by the passions of the composer.
Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with Carnegie Hall on such a fantastic project bringing this exciting and dynamic young ensemble to China.
> Find out more about the orchestra and its preparation for the tour in this New York Times article