Home From Asia
Both travel groups are now home safely. What an amazing trip! Thanks so much to everyone involved!
Last Concert in Asia
Today was both our last day of touring and the final concert of Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Asian Tour 2012. Read more…
Today we had a leisurely morning discovering part of Seoul, Korea. We began by walking along an elaborate waterway in Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/9 Sorok Island
The Empire State Youth Orchestra visits Sorok Island in Korea.
Lessons from Sorok Island
Today was probably the most humbling of any on the trip so far. We began our day with a bus Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/8 Exploring The World Expo 2012
ESYO members explore the World Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea
ESYO around the world
We may be on tour to Asia, but our musicians visited dozens of other countries — and in just one Read more…
VIDEO: ESYO Flash Mob at World Expo 2012
Members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra froze in the middle of a large plaza at the World Expo 2012 Read more…
ESYO in Yeosu, Korea
Today, we awoke on the peaceful city of Yeosu, which borders the ocean. We spent the morning exploring the area. Read more…
Now in Korea
Today’s travels brought us from China to Seoul, Korea. We cleared customs quickly and boarded our buses for the 5-hour Read more…
On the way to Korea
Members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra are in the airport and on the way to Korea. Farewell to China!
Last day in Shanghai
We had a busy day of touring as our final day in Shanghai. We went to one of the city’s Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/4 Shanghai Rehearsal
ESYO rehearsing before a concert in Shanghai, China.
ESYO's first day in Shanghai
Today members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra experienced several parts of Shanghai, China. We began our day with a Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/3 Train To Shanghai
Members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra ride the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai with speeds topping 300 km/h Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/3 Summer Palace
ESYO visits the Summer Palace in Beijing, China.
Photo Gallery: 7/3 Local Family Home
A local family invites us inside their home, which dates back 600 years.
Photo Gallery: 7/3 Rickshaw Ride
Riding rickshaws around the streets of Beijing
Happy Independence Day from Shanghai!
The Empire State Youth Orchestra wishes you a Happy Independence Day 2012 from downtown Shanghai on this humid July 4th Read more…
Final Day In Beijing
Today was our last day in Beijing. We began the day with a bus ride to the old part of Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/2 Concert in Beijing
The Empire State Youth Orchestra performs in Beijing, China
Photo Gallery: 7/2 Rehearsal at Beijing Concert Ha...
ESYO musicians rehearsed before their concert in the Beijing Concert Hall
Photo Gallery: 7/2 Forbidden City and Imperial Pal...
ESYO touring the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace in Beijing, China.
Photo Gallery: 7/2 Tiananmen Square
The Empire State Youth Orchestra visits Tiananmen Square in China
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Concert in Beiji...
What a busy day! We started with breakfast as usual followed by a short bus ride to the Tiananmen Square Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/1 Peking Roast Duck Dinner
For dinner on July 1, we were treated to a peking roast duck dinner — a specialty in Beijing.
Photo Gallery: 7/1 Jade Carving Factory Tour
ESYO members saw how a block of jade — a stone very previous to the Chinese — is turned into Read more…
Photo Gallery: 7/1 Great Wall
Members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra climb the Great Wall in China.
Climbing The Great Wall
We started the morning in Beijing with a breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast buffet was a mix of American Read more…
Photo Gallery: 6/30 Traveling To China
Members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra spend about 30 hours each way between the Capital Region and China. This Read more…
We've arrived! | How we got to China
We’re now wrapping up a busy travel “day” — while we left the US on Friday early afternoon, we arrived Read more…
Photo Gallery: 6/29 Loading The Buses
ESYO loading the buses at Crossgates Mall before departing to JFK on tour.
We're On Our Way!
After many months of planning, coordinating and practicing, the Empire State Youth Orchestra is officially on the way to Asia! Read more…
Photo Gallery: 6/27 Rehearsal
Members of ESYO rehearsed before leaving on tour.
Last rehearsal before the tour
What a night! This was the Youth Orchestra’s last rehearsal in the US before we leave for Asia and you Read more…
Photo Gallery: 6/20 Rehearsal
ESYO members rehearsed before their tour to China and Korea.
Final Rehearsals in the US
Tonight was the second to last rehearsal before we leave the US and the orchestra is sounding great! [View Complete Read more…
ESYO's Youth Orchestra IS "Kickstarted" to Asia!
Successful campaign raises more than $7,000 for tour! ESYO recently ran a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com for a special Read more…
ESYO in The Korea Herald
ESYO’s Kickstarter project has been highlighted in The Korea Herald. A U.S. youth orchestra is seeking donations to perform at Read more…