Driving rhythms and electric energy take the stage in the culminating concert of Carnegie Hall’s NYO2’s week-long residency at Miami, Florida’s New World Center. Mexican and Russian masterpieces—including Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto starring the Israeli-American virtuoso Gil Shaham—come to life with the charismatic maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto at the baton of this orchestra of talented young artists with a “remarkable array of talent” (The New York Times).
Now in its second year, NYO2 is an orchestral training program for young musicians aged 14 to 17. Focusing on recruiting musicians from communities underrepresented in classical music, the program brings the musicians together for three weeks to train and then perform concerts in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including a grand finale concert at Carnegie Hall.
The evening's concert opens with Viennese conductor Erich Kleiber’s arrangement of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas’s music for the 1936 film Redes, which explores the struggles of poor Veracruz fishermen. The film score is a heart-wrenching mixture of popular music and musical realism marked by what the Mexican poet Octavio Paz described as Revueltas’s “deep-felt but also joyful concern for man, animal, and things [… his] profound empathy with his surrounding...” The Redes Suite is followed by the rich melodies and driving energy of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, before the musicians close the program with Shostakovich’s riveting Symphony No. 5, a bold work that, according to Rostropovich, the government would have had its composer executed for writing if the public had not given it a 40-minute-long standing ovation…
Carlos Miguel Prieto by Benjamin Ealovega
Gil Shaham by Luke Ratray
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Europakonzert 2002, Palermo