National Youth Orchestra of the USA

July 25, 2023, 8:00 pm

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Daniel Harding (Photo: Julian Hargreaves)

On July 29, 2022, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) made its greatly anticipated return to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, marking its first public performance since 2019. This year, 109 outstanding young musicians ages 16–19 were selected from 34 states. Under the esteemed baton of conductor Daniel Harding, the orchestra performed a program of all-time favorites, including Mahler’s magnificent Fifth Symphony and Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto in E Minor, featuring renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein. For a well-earned encore, the ensemble treated audiences to John Williams’s playful “Adventures on Earth,” from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. The concert was heard by music lovers worldwide through the Carnegie Hall Live radio broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR.