120 Outstanding Young Musicians, aged 16-19, from 42 American States and over 100 Cities play in the brand new American National Youth Orchestra. Guess who is the conductor. The always and everywhere conducting Valery Gergiev! Tonight, the orchestra will play its first public performance with acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell at Purchase’s Performing Arts Center (NY). From there, the orchestra embarks on its inaugural tour, starting in the nation’s Capital to make its debut at Washington DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 13.

Following these two engagements, Maestro Gergiev, Mr. Bell, and the NYO-USA will travel overseas for two concerts in Mr. Gergiev’s home country: in Moscow, at The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on Tuesday, July 16 and, in St. Petersburg, at the recently unveiled Mariinsky II theater on Thursday, July 18 as part of Gergiev’s Stars of the White Nights Festival. The orchestra’s first tour culminates with a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, July 21, as part of the BBC Proms.

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