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ESYO Youth Orchestra Returns to Carnegie Hall

June 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Tickets are no longer available through ESYO.  Please click here or call Carnegie Hall to reserve your tickets. 


Two of the most exceptional youth symphonic orchestras in the Northeast come together on one hallowed stage to present an afternoon of beautiful classical music. Their exceptional talent is to be heard to believe. Come see and support the future of music in our region!



Empire State Youth Orchestra

Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor 

La Forza del Destino: Overture………………Giuseppe Verdi

Rainbow Body……………………………………Christopher Theofanidis

Symphony No. 2…………………………………Alexander Borodin


Norwalk Youth Symphony

Jonathan Yates, conductor

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20……………………………Pable de Sarasate

                    Featuring Violinist Sirena Huang

Photo credit: Sophie Zhai

Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her “impeccable technique…deeply expressive phrasing…and poetic weight,” Sirena Huang is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists. She brings not only technical brilliance and powerful artistry to the stage, but also a profound sense of connection to her audience.

Sirena made her solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at the age of nine, and has performed in seventeen countries across three continents. She has been featured as a soloist with more than fifty prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Cleveland, Baltimore, Shanghai, Russia, and Singapore, and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Verbier Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sarasota Arts Series, Albuquerque Chamber Music Festival, “The Great Music for a Great City” series in New York City, and many others.

Motivated by a deep wish to inspire peace and harmony with her music, Sirena has performed before world leaders, thinkers and humanitarians, including the Dalai Lama and President Obama. At age eleven, she gave a TED talk that garnered more than 2.5 million views. In 2006, she received the honor of playing for His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and thirty Nobel Prize Laureates at the World Peace Conference held in Petra. In 2007, under the invitation of former Czech Republic President Havel, she played in the Opening Ceremony of the “Forum 2000 World Conference” in Prague. In 2008, she was invited to perform during the ceremony in which the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity presented its Humanitarian Award to President Sarkozy of France.

The 22-year-old violinist has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. Most recently, in February of 2017, Sirena was awarded First Prize at the inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. In 2009, she won First Prize Gold Medalist of the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She won First Prize and the Audience Award at the Cooper International Competition in 2011. That same year, she was also named the first Artist-in-Residence of Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she was awarded the Hannloser Prize for Violin at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland and in 2016, she was awarded Third Prize at the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

In addition to her TED Talk in 2006, Huang has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and NPR’s “From the Top” as well as several interviews with WNPR, CNBC, WTNH, WTIC, WB20 and Beethoven Radio.

Concerto for Orchestra………………………..Béla Bartók

Tickets are available through each of the performing organizations and directly through the Carnegie Hall Box Office. Note, purchasing tickets directly through the performing organizations eliminates ticketing fees.



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About Empire State Youth Orchestras

Empire State Youth Orchestras’ (ESYO’s) mission is to challenge and inspire young people to achieve excellence through music in a rigorous learning environment leading to high-level performance opportunities. More than 500 youth from over 50 cities/towns across the Capital Region of New York and western New England are selected by audition each year for the ESYO program. ESYO has a total of 10 performing ensembles that collectively give approximately 30 performances a year. In 2015, ESYO launched ESYO CHIME (Creating Harmony, Invigorating Music Education). ESYO CHIME seeks to expand access to music in underserved communities, and by doing so, empower children and their families to overcome the barriers caused by economic inequality. Founded in 1979, ESYO is a not-for-profit organization that has been recognized as a premier music education/performance program for youth and has received three ASCAP awards


About Norwalk Youth Symphony

Norwalk Youth Symphony is proud to offer talented and dedicated young musicians the opportunity to set and achieve high personal standards, to discover their capabilities of working together and to share the excitement of performing great music before appreciative listeners. Founded in 1956, the NYS has expanded since that time to include over 230 musicians from more than 30 towns around the Norwalk area of Connecticut each year. Its reputation has also grown. The NYS has always been characterized by gifted musicians, dedicated conductors, challenging music, and exciting and exacting performances. Many alumni have gone on to study professionally at music conservatories and colleges. All NYS members gain an invaluable discipline and musical experience that instills a lifelong appreciation of music and the arts. To learn more about Norwalk Youth Symphony, go to norwalkyouthsymphony.org.



June 4
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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