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Adler & Bernstein Birthday Bash

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$10 - $20

The Empire State Youth Orchestra, led by Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo, salutes Samuel Adler and Leonard Bernstein! ESYO will pay tribute to two of America’s revered composers and conductors, celebrating Samuel Adler at 90 and Leonard Bernstein at 100.

For his 100th birthday year, ESYO will raise a toast to Bernstein’s centennial with a rendition of one of his great early successes, music to the ballet “Fancy Free,” and the brilliant Overture to Candide.

In honor of Samuel Adler’s 90th birthday, ESYO Youth Orchestra will perform Adler’s “A Bridge to Understanding.” The ESYO-commissioned piece premiered 10 years ago at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for the New Music for a New Generation Festival. It was later presented for the European premieres during ESYO’s 2008 tour in Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic. The Birthday Bash will pay tribute to Adler with the world premiere of “A Birthday Celebration!” written exclusively by Bruce Roter in celebration of Adler’s 90th milestone. ESYO CHIME’s String Ensemble will join ESYO Youth Orchestra for a special side by side performance of Adler’s “Concertino for Strings.”

The concert will also feature this season’s Lois Lyman Concerto Competition Winner, pianist Gabrielle Kim. At 18 years old, the young virtuoso will lead the orchestra in a passionate performance of Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto in A minor.

This afternoon of classical music is sponsored by Albany Med

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
SAMUEL ADLER: A Bridge to Understanding
SAMUEL ADLER: Concertino for Strings ft. ESYO CHIME
EDVARD GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 ft. Gabrielle Kim, Concerto Winner
BRUCE ROTER: A Birthday Celebration! (World Premiere)

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase online through the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office and at the door.

FREE EVENT! Saturday, April 28: A Conversation with Samuel Adler. Click here for details.


April 29
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
$10 - $20
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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 2nd Street
Troy, 12180 United States
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