DYAO Makes A Splash at Carnegie Hall

June 2016

Thank you to all the parents, teachers, donors and Board members who made the Denver Young Artists Orchestra Carnegie Hall Tour possible!

After a wonderful kick-off concert at Aspen Academy, the Young Artists Orchestra left DIA the morning of June 11th.

Our first performance with Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall was Monday afternoon and the Young Artists Orchestra was clearly the highlight of the concert with a standing ovation following the performance of Copland’s Billy the Kid.

On Tuesday we had the wonderful opportunity to attend a private rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic prior to our evening performance. That night, as part of the World Projects Sounds of Summer International Music Festival, DYAO had the opportunity to perform a World Premiere by composer, Kavon Emtiaz, as well as Capriccio Espagnol and Roman Carnival Overture.

The remainder of our time was spent doing a free outreach performance in the Madison Atrium, visiting sights like the World Trade Center and taking in a Broadway show. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of the students and was an incredible ambassador opportunity to represent the state of Colorado and the Arts in Denver. The DYAO has already been invited back to Carnegie Hall as well as to perform at a festival at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia following these performances.

“What a great opportunity to show off the talent and discipline of our amazing young musicians on a world class stage. I’m sure none of the members of the Denver Young Artist Orchestra will forget their debut at Carnegie Hall. The acoustics, the history, and the response made this trip a milestone in our organization’s history.”
~Wes Kenney, DYAO Music Director

“It was difficult to anticipate beforehand just how meaningful and unforgettable it would be for all of us to explore New York City and play together in the Isaac Stern Hall.”
~Eloise Hodges, YAO Member

“Absolutely 1st Class! Musical, mature, compelling and refined. Young musicians playing with full adult understanding!”
~Adjudicator Larry Livingston (Conducting Chair at USC)