National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

with guest artist Gil Shaham, violin

Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 7:30pm

The Concert Hall at Groton Hill


Giants of Light (2023) – World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall
Valerie Coleman (b. 1970)

Violin Concerto, Op. 14 (1939)
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Presto in moto perpetuo

Gil Shaham, violin

∼ Intermission ∼

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830)
Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)

I. Daydreams, Passions (Largo—Allegro agitato e appassionato assai)
II. A Ball (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
III. Scene in the Country (Adagio)
IV. March to the Scaffold (Allegretto non troppo)
V. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath (Larghetto—Allegro)

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Robert Aguila+
Miami, Florida
Antonio Avilés Figueroa+
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Ian Barnett
Pinecrest, Florida
Sarah Biesack+
Melbourne, Florida
Yuli Choi+
Palo Alto, California
Ophir Dahari
Chicago, Illinois
Ayi Ekhaese+
Sugar Land, Texas
Honor Frisco+
Palos Verdes Estates, California
Brandon X Garza+
San Antonio, Texas
John-Paul Hernandez
Farmville, North Carolina
Jaeyee Jung+
Raleigh, North Carolina
Kaitlyn Kaminuma+
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Jenna Seohyeong Kang*
Palo Alto, California
Lisa Kazami+
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Minjae Jaden Kim+
Irvine, California
Joylyn Kim
Lexington, Massachusetts
Rubi Lee
Irvine, California
Daniel Lee*
Kenner, Louisiana
Yuri Lee*
Tuckahoe, New York
Shannon Ma*
Saratoga, California
Aurora Miller
New York, New York
Olivia Oh
Fort Lee, New Jersey
Timothy Pinkerton
Bemidji, Minnesota
Miro Raj
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Leonardo Rincon+
Boynton Beach, Florida
Sarah Son
Davis, California
Annie Song
Bellevue, Washington
Moshi Tang*
Lyndhurst, Ohio
Samantha Washecka
Round Rock, Texas
Kyle Yang+
Diamond Bar, California
Nicholas Yoo+
Ramsey, New Jersey
Kerrie Zhu
San Mateo, California

Z Campbell
Austin, Texas
Ian Chen+
Plano, Texas
Daniel De La Cruz
Laguna Niguel, California
Benjamin Graham
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
Hope Hyink
Carbondale, Illinois
Juhee Kim
Palisades Park, New Jersey
Michelle Koo+
Palo Alto, California
Jeremiah La Fayette
Tampa, Florida
Audrey Lim
Reno, Nevada
Diana Nazarenko
Birmingham, Alabama
Spencer Quarles+
Los Angeles, California
John David Sharp II+
Lowell, Arkansas
Tejas Tirthapura
Saratoga, California
Eric Zhu
Boston, Massachusetts

Nicholas Chung
Fort Lee, New Jersey
Sophie Deng+
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Vincent Garcia-Hettinger
San Antonio, Texas
Huisun Hong
Pleasanton, California
Michelle Kwon
Closter, New Jersey
Celina Lim+
Honolulu, Hawaii
Kwabena Owusu
Solon, Ohio
Kyle Ryu
Burke, Virginia
Corinne Turgeon
Boynton Beach, Florida
Daniel Yim+
San Jose, California
Jiin Yun
Irvine, California
Adam Zeithamel
Iowa City, Iowa

Jasper Chambreau
Madison, Wisconsin
Sean Darney
Cary, North Carolina
Tendekai Mawokomatanda+
Atlanta, Georgia
Devin O’Brien
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Eleanor Ohm+
Bethesda, Maryland
Nathan Puopolo+
Fresno, California
Bria Rives*
Fayetteville, Georgia
Joshua Thrush
Vienna, Virginia

Julin Cheung+
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Emily DeNucci
West Hartford, Connecticut
Diego Fernandez
Salem, Oregon
Sadie Goodman+
South Salem, New York

Izaiah Cheeran+*
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Daniel Choi+*
Pleasantville, New York
Minoo Jang
Bellevue, Washington
Ashley Na
Suwanee, Georgia

Christopher Dechant
Dallas, Texas
Adam Kolers*
Louisville, Kentucky
Veronica Pavlovic
Seattle, Washington
Andrei Bancos
Rochester, Minnesota

Jackson Bernal+
Potomac, Maryland
Katelyn Nguyen
Portland, Oregon
Nolan Smith
Pleasanton, California
Cassandra Valenti+
Las Vegas, Nevada

Abigail Konopik
St. Louis, Missouri
Vera Romero
Austin, Texas
Louis Roy
Buffalo, New York
Diego Solis*
Laredo, Texas
Samuel Wood
Colleyville, Texas
Derek Miles Woods
Nashville, Tennessee

Diogo Muggiati-Feldman+
New York, New York
Oliver Lampson
Houston, Texas
Topher Meeks
Austin, Texas
Tehya Shapiro
Towson, Maryland

Devin Drinan*
McKinney, Texas
Orlandis Maise+*
Antioch, Tennessee

Bass Trombone
Noah Urquidi
Corpus Christi, Texas

Christian Jeon
Louisville, Kentucky
Chancellor Joseph
Richmond, Texas

Maya Lindsey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ava Yeh
Seattle, Washington

Timpani and Percussion
Charles “CJ” Butera+
Missouri City, Texas
Anh Ho
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Dylan Khangsar
Lewisville, Texas
Kevin Reyes+
Chicago, Illinois
Sam Woolsey+
Blacksburg, Virginia

Andrei Bancos
Rochester, Minnesota

*Prior NYO-USA member
+Prior NYO2 member

Apprentice Orchestra Librarian
Yunah Kwon
Ellicott City, Maryland

Apprentice Orchestra Manager
Marisa Kono
Shelburne, Vermont

Apprentice Composers
Lucy Chen
Potomac, Maryland
Lili Masoudi-Namazi
Cranford, New Jersey

The Artists

Sir Andrew Davis
One of today’s most recognized and acclaimed conductors, Sir Andrew Davis leads a career that spans more than 50 years during which he has been the musical and artistic leader at several of the world’s most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions. These include Lyric Opera of Chicago (Music Director Emeritus; Music Director and Principal Conductor, 2000–2021), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate; Chief Conductor, 1989–2000), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Music Director, 1988–2000), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate; Chief Conductor, 2013–2019), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate; Principal Conductor, 1975–1988). He also holds the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Andrew has conducted virtually all the world’s major orchestras, opera companies, and festivals.

Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Maestro Davis studied at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before taking up conducting. His wide-ranging repertoire encompasses Baroque to contemporary works and spans the symphonic, operatic, and choral worlds. A vast and award-winning discography documents Sir Andrew’s artistry, with recent albums that include the works of Berg, Berlioz, Bliss, Elgar, Finzi, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst, Handel (nominated for a 2018 Grammy for Best Choral Performance), Vaughan Williams, Carl Vine, and Bowen. He currently records exclusively for Chandos Records. In 1992, Maestro Davis was made a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999, he was designated a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List.

Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time: His flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit have solidified his renown as an American master. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. Highlights of recent years include a recording and performances of J. S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin, and recitals with his longtime duo partner, pianist Akira Eguchi. He regularly appears with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris, and in multi-year residencies with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Shaham has more than two-dozen concerto and solo albums to his name, earning multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His second recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos was nominated for a Grammy Award. His latest recording, of Beethoven and Brahms concertos with The Knights, was released in 2021. He was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008, he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. Mr. Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius and performs on an Antonio Stradivari violin made in Cremona circa 1719, with the assistance of Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together some of the finest young musicians from across the country (ages 16–19) to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Following a comprehensive audition process and a multi-week training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, with faculty made up of principal players from top professional U.S. orchestras, these remarkable teenagers perform at Carnegie Hall and embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as America’s dynamic music ambassadors. As part of their travel schedule, NYO-USA musicians also meet and collaborate with local young musicians and experience the richness of the local culture.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary season this summer, NYO-USA has been praised for “exuding vitality and confidence” (The New York Times) in its performances. Following annual concerts at Carnegie Hall, NYO-USA has toured in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and across the United States. The orchestra has performed at leading international festivals and on landmark stages around the world, including the BBC Proms in London; National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing; Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; Lotte Hall in Seoul; Sucre National Theater in Quito; and the Tanglewood festival, among many others. Last summer, the orchestra returned to touring for the first time since the pandemic, performing across Europe including debuts at the Lucerne Festival and Ravello Festival. In the 10 years since the ensemble’s creation, NYO-USA has worked with incredible conductors and guest artists, including Sir Antonio Pappano, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Joyce DiDonato, Marin Alsop, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

NYO-USA is one of Carnegie Hall’s three acclaimed national youth orchestras, along with NYO2 for outstanding classical musicians ages 14–17 and NYO Jazz for the nation’s finest jazz instrumentalists ages 16–19. Over the last decade, more than a thousand young musicians have performed in the three ensembles, creating a unique musical community, spotlighting musical excellence found across the US, and transforming countless lives.

To learn more about NYO-USA, visit carnegiehall.org/NYOUSA.

Program Notes

Orchestra Staff
Fabrice Curtis, Orchestra Librarian
Timothy Tsukamoto, Orchestra Manager
Tengku Irfan, Assistant Conductor
Raychel Taylor, Percussion Manager
Chris Lee, Photographer

Resident Assistants
Andrés Ayola
Phoebe Colby
Imani Edwards
Antonio Jarvey
Victor Martinez
Liora Schlesinger
Justin Zeitlinger

Carnegie Hall / NYO-USA Staff
Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director
Sarah Johnson, Chief Education Officer and Director, Weill Music Institute
Douglas Beck, Director, Artist Training Programs
Kari Fitterer, Assistant Director, Artist Training Programs
Meg Boyle, Manager, Public Relations
Anna Holt, Assistant Director, Education Production
Lara Atry, Associate, Education Production

Askonas Holt Ltd.
Donagh Collins, Chief Executive
Sergio Porto Bargiela, Director, Tours and Projects
Sorcha Coller, Senior Project Manager
Rebecca Moore, Project Administrator

Maestro! Tour Management
Ken Grundy, Executive Director
Leanne Donlevy, Director of Touring Services

Sponsors, Donors, and Acknowledgements

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Global Ambassadors: Michael ByungJu Kim and Kyung Ah Park, Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Major funding has been provided by Ronald E. Blaylock and Petra Pope, Lorraine Buch Fund for Young Artists, Estate of Joan Eliasoph, Clive and Anya Gillinson, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, Melanie and Jean E. Salata, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, and United Airlines, Airline Partner to the National Youth Ensembles.

Additional funding has been provided by the Alphadyne Foundation, Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation, IAC, Stella and Robert Jones, Martha and Robert Lipp, The Netherland-America Foundation, The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation, David S. Winter, and Judy Francis Zankel.

Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

Management for Sir Andrew and Mr. Shaham: Opus 3 Artists; 470 Park Avenue South, Ninth Floor North; New York, NY 10016

NYO-USA’s wardrobe styled by Fred Bernstein.