Jewel of the Holiday Season—
The New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall
To the traditional favorites— Nutcracker & Messiah, skating at Rockefeller Center, add one more wonderful tradition: The New York String Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall, starting their sixth decade. Bill McGlaughlin spent two days with these extraordinarily gifted young musicians from around the world, as conductor Jaime Laredo prepared them for a Christmas Eve concert with pianist Yefim Bronfman and another with violinist Joshua Bell, and alumna guest conductor Karina Canellakis for the opening work. To celebrate this 50th anniversary 20 alumni— soloists, chamber musicians, concertmasters and principal orchestral players—from Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles sat next to the students to play Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”. Spend this week sitting-in on the making of this great tradition from the New School’s Mannes School of Music.