Welcome to Empire State Youth Orchestra's first ever 360° Virtual Reality Orchestra! Making this virtual debut is an original composition by our Music Director Carlos Ágreda, "Ay Caray!", the winner of the 2016 Stockport Youth Orchestra Composition Competition. This composition was conceived to give an approach to contemporary techniques for young musicians, using an easy and attractive musical language (learn more about Carlos: www.carlosagreda.co)
This virtual premiere was made possible by ESYO Conductor, Carlos Ágreda, and the creative director of the #SoundingTogether digital festival, Griffin Bengraff. They worked together to make a brand new 360° symphony orchestra layout for this performance. Look around and enjoy!
Described as “a major career in the making” by Seen and Heard International, Colombian conductor and composer Carlos Ágreda is noted for his dynamic presence on the podium and breadth of repertoire, with musical interests ranging from opera and choral to contemporary and Latin-American music. Currently Music Director and Conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Ágreda was formerly a Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He was also previously the Music Director at Corporación Coral y Orquestal de Colombia.
ESYO Young Leaders proudly presents "Playing Through The Pause," a virtual residency for nursing homes and hospitals. Members of ESYO's Young Leader Program are taking the lead to coordinate "virtual residencies" at local nursing homes, hospitals and senior living communities. Their goal? To bring joy and music to people who are shut-in and separated from their friends and family during the COVID-19 emergency.