New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Michael Repper, Guitarist Jiji At Carnegie Hall
This season opening performance features a landmark electric & classical guitar concerto by Natalie Dietterich at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Repper says "The New York Youth Symphony is a worldwide leader in the presentation of new music, having featured a world première on every concert for decades. It is my mission to build on that reputation by further diversifying our programming, which is why I am so ecstatic that we have commissioned Natalie Dietterich to write this guitar concerto, and that Jiji will be performing it. The students of the New York Youth Symphony are very excited to share this wonderful piece!"
The program will also include Borodin's Polovtsian Dances and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets from $20 ($10 students), available at https://carnegiehall.org/
Michael Repper is an emerging conductor of classical music, jazz, pops, and musical theater. A graduate of Stanford University, he recently completed his doctoral residency at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Gustav Meier and his longtime mentor, Marin Alsop. Mr. Repper was the Peabody Institute-Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellow for two seasons, and continues to work with the Peabody Institute ensembles. Mr. Repper still holds leadership positions in several music organizations in the Baltimore area. He is currently the Music Director of the Northern Neck Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, New Music Consultant for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland. Mr. Repper's international performances include a recent debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, masterclasses with the Artes Nazionale Orchestra in Florence, Italy, and performances in Australia.
Applauded by the Calgary Herald as "…talented, sensitive…brilliant,"
Natalie Dietterich Natalie Dietterich is an American composer and vocalist from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Her visceral work mines patterns and is often tangential to social issues. Recently her music has been performed by the Shanghai Symphony, wild Up as part of the LA Philharmonic's National Composers Intensive, The Crossing as part of the Big Sky New Music Initiative, and as a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. Ms. Dietterich has been awarded residencies at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, the Norfolk Chamber Music Institute, and at Arts, Letters, and Numbers. She is the recipient of the 2016 Leo Kaplan prize of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and has been an honorable mention for awards from BMI, ASCAP, and The American Prize. Ms. Dietterich is a graduate of the Yale School of Music with an M.M. and M.M.A. in composition, and of West Chester University with a dual degree in composition and violin. She will be starting her Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University this fall.
About the NYYS
The NYYS is one of the most awarded youth programs of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative, tuition-free educational programs for talented young musicians. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area's most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in jazz, chamber music, conducting, composition, and musical theater composition, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Public Theater. As a tuition-free program, NYYS is proud of its socioeconomic diversity and core organizational values to educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional music training and performance opportunities. NYYS provides over $1 million in scholarships so that financial need is never an obstacle for a qualified student to participate in its impactful programs.
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