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3 Nights, 13 Ensembles, 400 Young Musicians Sounding Together

Premiered Thursday, June 11- Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 7pm

We premiered our first-ever digital music festival! Earlier this year when COVID-19 caused our community to shelter in place, Empire State Youth Orchestra decided that music would not stop. Undeterred by the Great Pause, ESYO transitioned its entire program to the virtual world, connecting through google meet and google classroom to continue learning and making music in new ways.


Stay tuned for new concerts like this one on our tickets page and view it in our Virtual Concert Hall!

Featured Performances:


Track list per day:

Day One

ESYO Youth Percussion Ensemble - Polka de Mama by Jose Alejandro Leon

ESYO Youth Percussion Ensemble - Excerpt from Celebration by Thomas Gauge

ESYO Chamber Percussion Ensemble - Cotton Eyed Joe by Ed Kiefer

ESYO Concerto Competition Finalist Elihu Conant-Haque - Sonatine Pour Tuba et Piano by Jacques Castérède

ESYO Wind Orchestra with Jay Dawson - Amazing Grace by Jay Dawson

Day Two

ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra - "Patio Skyline" by ESYO conductor Lee Russo

ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra - "The Flintstones Theme" by Curtin, Hanna & Barbera

ESYO Repertory Jazz Orchestra - "Bags Groove" by Milt Jackson

ESYO Concerto Competition Winner William Lauricella - Ballade no. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin

ESYO Concertino String Orchestra - "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong/ arr. by ESYO conductor Leo Milman

Day Three

ESYO Concertino Wind Ensemble - Rondeau, Theme from Masterpiece Theatre by Jean Joseph Mouret | arr. David Marlatt

ESYO Symphony Orchestra Virtual Chamber Music Competition Winner - Excerpt from Scheherezade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / arranged for sextet by ESYO students

EYSO Concertino Brass - "Fughette" by Johann Pachelbel / arr. Kevin Kaisershot

ESYO Concertino Percussion Ensemble- "52 Card Pick Up" by ESYO conductor Genoveffa Vitale

ESYO Concertino Percussion Ensemble - "Goldenberg" by ESYO conductor Genoveffa Vitale

ESYO'S Symphony Orchestra & Repertory Orchestra - Virtual premiere of Ay, Caray! by ESYO Music Director Carlos Ágreda.

Our Highlights

What a Wonderful World

Members of ESYO Concertino Strings got together online to record a quilted performance of Louis Armstrong's iconic song "What a Wonderful World." arranged by ESYO Concertino Strings Conductor, Leo Milman. This performance was featured at ESYO's Sounding Together Digital Festival on Friday, June 12, 2020, and dedicated to the hardworking teachers of New York's Capital Region.

Amazing Grace (ft. Jay Dawson)

Members of ESYO Wind Orchestra got together online with composer and bagpiper Jay Dawson to record the iconic song "Amazing Grace." arranged by composer Jay Dawson. This performance was featured at ESYO's Sounding Together Digital Festival on Thursday, June 11, 2020, and dedicated to healthcare heroes who continue risking their lives to save others.

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